Update: NY Judge Resigns after "Terrorist" Question

May 22, 2003

Source: Reuters


On May 22, 2003 Reuters reported that "A suburban New York judge asked a Lebanese-American woman [Anissa Khoder] appearing in court about parking tickets whether she was 'a terrorist,' sparking demands on Thursday for his resignation... The judge in Tarrytown, New York, acknowledged in a local newspaper interview that he made the remark on May 15, but The Journal News reported on Thursday he had rejected calls by the county's top official and civil rights groups to resign... American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee spokesman Hussein Ibish described the remark as 'blatantly racist harassment' and told Reuters, 'Clearly he should resign. We have not heard of this sort of conduct from any judge at any level.'"