Friday, July 20, 2018

No Free Exercise Violation In Refusal To Adjourn Trial For Defendant's Holy Day

In an opinion which sets out few of the facts involved, a New York state appeals court held that the Free Exercise rights of a robbery defendant were not infringed when the trial court denied his request to adjourn court proceedings from Thursday until Monday to accommodate his religious beliefs and practices.  The unanimous decision or the Appellate Division is People v. Webb, (NY App., July 18, 2018).