Judge cites attorney for wearing a Black Lives Matter button


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A municipal court judge in Ohio has cited an attorney for contempt of court and given her five days in jail after she refused to remove a Black Lives Matter button she was wearing.

The Vindicator newspaper in Youngstown reports (http://bit.ly/2a8zjWG ) Judge Robert Milich cited attorney Andrea Burton on Friday after briefly meeting with her in chambers.

A Vindicator reporter saw Burton handcuffed and taken to jail.

Milich said he issued the citation because a U.S. Supreme Court ruling bans political buttons in the courtroom.

Attorneys for the Youngstown NAACP branch asked the judge to stay the sentence but he refused.

The newspaper reports an appeals court later agreed to stay the citation and sentence pending Burton’s appeal. In the meantime, she’s promised not to wear the button in court.

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Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com

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