Ohio Attorney Jailed For Wearing Black Lives Matter Pin In Court

July 27, 2016  |  

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An Ohio attorney, Andrea Burton, was sentenced to five days in prison for contempt of court by Youngstown Municipal Court Judge Robert Milich because she didn’t remove her Black Lives Matter pin. Explaining his actions, Milich told WKBN27 that his personal opinions didn’t influence his decision to place Burton in jail at all.

“A judge doesn’t support either side,” he said. “A judge is objective and tries to make sure everyone has an opportunity to have a fair hearing, and it was a situation where it was just in violation of the law,” Milich said. Although this may sound far from objective, according to Jezebel, judges can prohibit any type of political expression in their courtrooms. “The judge has the right in any circumstance that they think that some issue or matter will be disruptive to the court or a distraction to the court, they can ask that individual to remove that object,” legal analyst Matt Mangino told WKBN27.

As for Burton, she was released from jail without having to fully serve her five-day sentence and has yet to comment on her case. Youngstown’s NAACP chapter states that the Black Lives Matter pin is and can be synonymous to a symbol of the American Flag or Star of David. Judge Milich, however, stated otherwise. “There’s a difference between a flag, a pin from your church or the Eagles and having a pin that’s on a political issue.”

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