ME: JUDGE RULES THAT PIG'S HEAD ROLLER WAS RACIALLY MOTIVATED
A judge ruled Thursday that 33-year-old Brent Matthews violated Maine's Civil Rights Act when he tossed a pig's head into a Lewiston mosque earlier this summer.
Matthews has never denied that he tossed the pig's head into the Lewiston Islamic Center. He has said all along it was a practical joke.
Justice Ellen Gorman said there was nothing remotely funny about what Matthews did and determined that his actions were racially motivated.
As a result of the ruling, Matthews must abide by a court order that forbids him from threatening or using physical force against the mosque or it's members. He must also stay at least 150 feet away from the mosque.
If Matthews violates that court order he could face criminal charges.
Members of the mosque told us they are pleased with the judges ruling. Matthews defense attorney says his client is obviously disappointed. But both sides say they are ready to make amends and move forward.