Lawyer asks women at 9/11 trial to show off less skin5/6/2012
Among the innumerable moments of absurdity and delay during the marathon, 13-hour first day of the 9/11 hearing Saturday was hijab-clad defense attorney Cheryl Bormann's request that women in the courtroom wear "appropriate" clothing. Bormann, who is not Muslim, defended her attire and the request saying, "When you're on trial for your life, you need to be focused." The presence of so much female skin in court was apparently overly distracting to the defendants, who were forced to avert their gaze "for fear of committing a sin under their faith." The question of where mass murder fell on the Big List of Sins was not broached.
Should religious-based requests be honored at trial?