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Unvaccinated lawyer required to wear mask during trial

Maine’s court system currently requires people who have not been vaccinated to wear masks inside all courthouses.
(Source: Gray News)
Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 11:15 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - An attorney who declined to be vaccinated for COVID-19 had to wear a mask during a trial this week after losing an appeal to the state supreme court.

Darrick X. Banda, who likened the mask to “a dunce cap,” said the timing of the new rules this month didn’t give him time to be vaccinated, even if he’d wanted to do so.

Maine’s court system currently requires people who have not been vaccinated to wear masks inside all courthouses.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled that Banda failed to show his client’s rights would be “irreparably harmed” by proceeding with the trial and wearing a mask.

His client was convicted Thursday of charges including sexual exploitation of a minor and unlawful sexual contact of a minor.

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