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JUDGE SHOULD REINSTATE CASE OF WOMAN WEARING VEIL To Steven Lubet’s op-ed on the dismissal of a small claims case because the judge felt he could not judge the Muslim woman’s credibility unless she revealed her face to him and the courtroom during her testimony, I will add my opinion that dismissal was unwarranted because her refusal to reveal her face should have gone to the weight to be accorded to her testimony, not to whether she could give testimony, or for that matter, whether she had other credible evidence to present in support of her claim [" Not a Cover-Up," April 6]. I would hope that on reflection, the judge would move on his own motion to reinstate the case. I have been a small claims judge pro tem and have moved on my own motion to reinstate a claim that I felt on reflection I should not have dismissed. I think judges often feel they are required to appear omniscient by ruling from the bench rather than after review of the applicable law (Judge Wapner at least used to crack open a couple of books before coming back to give his ruling). If I volunteer again as a small claims judge I plan to take more time in making my rulings. I hope this judge in Michigan (and all judges) will show the same humility.

Tahir Joel Naim Sunnyvale

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