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Judge Recuses Himself Over Pledge Of Allegiance

Sister Toldja chimes in with a story about a Judge who recused himself after a lawyer in his court filed a complaint over the fact that Gwinnett County Majistrate Judge Mark A. Lewis opens each session with the Pledge of Allegiance. The lawyer, Donald Weissman had this to say:

Weissman said he’s concerned that failure to recite the pledge could affect fairness in the courtroom.

“The more I thought about it, the more concerned I became about whether people in the courtroom might perceive some degree of partiality based upon whether your loyalty is to the United States or not,” he said.

Maybe this idiot lawyer doesn't know about this section of the Georgia Code that clearly states:


(a) In addition to any other oath prescribed by law, each Senator and Representative, before taking the seat to which elected, shall take the following oath:

'I do hereby solemnly swear or affirm that I will support the Constitution of this state and of the United States and, on all questions and measures which may come before me, I will so conduct myself, as will, in my judgment, be most conducive to the interests and prosperity of this state.'

(b) The oath of office prescribed by subsection (a) of this Code section may be administered to the members of the General Assembly by any Justice of the Supreme Court, Judge of the Court of Appeals, judge of the superior courts, or judge of the state courts. Such Justice or judge shall be procured by the person organizing each branch.

What part of that oath is unclear? Judge Lewis is affirming his commitment to uphold his oath by pledging allegiance to the flag of the Republic whose Constitution he has sworn to support. What's the problem with that?

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