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February 7, 2013

Judge dresses as a nun to aid in his deliberations

— CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge says he dressed as nun in his chambers before finding a defendant guilty of bank robbery.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/VIXnU7) U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly said he wore the nun costume to determine if Navahcia (nah-vah-CEE’-ah) Edwards defense the May 2011 robbery of Palos Heights bank was carried out by a white robber, not an African-American like her.

Defense attorney Charles Aron claimed Edwards’ fiance, Lyndon Wesley, robbed the bank with a white accomplice who blackened her face.

Kennelly noted the white skin around his eyes were clearly visible when he looked in a mirror. He said Edwards’ assertion was an “reverse Al Jolson argument” and wasn’t plausible.

Kennelly said the overwhelming evidence showed Edwards was up to no good when she purchased nun masks online.

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