In the trial of a man accused of shoving a needle-laced pie in the face of Madalyn Murray-O'Hair, the atheist wins the right to not have to swear an oath to God in order to testify. Allen R. Hunter committed the act in October when O'Hair was visiting Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Hunter's attorney filed motions with the court to try to force O'Hair to swear to God before testifying and also to require her to answer questions about her religious beliefs. Both motions are denied today by Municipal Judge Thomas Mescall.
Hunter faces 90 days in jail and a $300 fine, but when he's found guilty he's only sentenced to a week in jail and fined $100.