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Judge Describes Court Case as Abuse of Legal System

A Senior District Judge in Westminster Magistrates Court today dismissed a private prosecution brought against the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for alleged fraud and described it as "an abuse of the process of the court."
In throwing out the case brought by a former Church member, Judge Howard Riddle said: "I am satisfied that the process of the court is being manipulated to provide a high-profile forum to attack the religious beliefs of others."
Judge Riddle said no judge in a secular court in England would allow religious teachings to be put to a jury.

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