Court to decide about Islam-education order

Posted at 12:30 PM, Dec 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-13 12:30:01-05

BOSTON (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts is being asked to decide if a judge violated the constitutional rights of a landlord when he ordered her to take a course on Islam after she was convicted of pushing her Muslim tenant down a flight of stairs.

The Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments Jan. 8 in the case of Daisy Obi, the pastor of a Somerville church.

Obi was convicted of assault and battery for pushing her tenant in 2012. The tenant testified that Obi also made disparaging remarks about Muslims to her and her children.

A judge sentenced Obi to six months in jail, with another 18 months suspended if she complied with probation conditions, including taking a course on Islam.

Obi's lawyer argues that the order infringes on Obi's constitutional rights.