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Article updated: 2/7/2013 7:43 AM

Judge dresses as a nun to aid in his deliberations


A federal judge says he dressed as nun in his chambers before finding a defendant guilty of bank robbery.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly said he wore the nun costume to determine if Navahcia Edwards' defense argument that the May 2011 robbery of a Palos Heights bank was carried out by a white robber, not an black person like her, was plausible.

Defense attorney Charles Aron claimed Edwards' fiance, Lyndon Wesley, robbed the bank with a white accomplice who blackened her face.

Kennelly noted the white skin around his eyes was clearly visible when he looked in a mirror. He said Edwards' assertion was an "reverse Al Jolson argument" and wasn't plausible.

Kennelly said the overwhelming evidence showed Edwards was up to no good when she purchased nun masks online.

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