Monday, March 14, 2011

Italy's Top Court Confirms Firing of Jewish Judge; Refused to Hear Cases in Courtroom with Crucifix

Italy's highest court of appeal -- the Cassation Court -- confirmed today (March 14, 2011) the sacking of a judge who refused to hear cases with the crucifix in the courtroom, according to the Life In Italy website.

Luigi Tosti, 62, appealed to the Cassation Court after the Italian judiciary's self-governing body -- the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM) -- struck him from their ranks in May 2010.

The CSM said in its ruling that Tosti -- who is a Jew -- was guilty of refusing to do his job in the Marche town of Camerino from May 2005 to January 2006, when he withdrew from 15 hearings to contest the presence of the cross displayed in the courtroom.

In its ruling today, the Cassation Court said that CSM was wholly "correct" and rejected Tosti's argument that the presence of crosses was a threat to freedom of religion and conscience.

1 comment:

  1. Freedom of religion suffers another setback in Italy. Even though they don't have a state church anymore, they're still acting like they do.