Judge skeptical of Sikh lawsuit over Marine Corps beard ban

By Khorri Atkinson (June 28, 2022, 10:07 p.m. EDT) – Three Sikhs suing to stop the Marine Corps from forcing them to shave their beards during basic training faced strong skepticism on Tuesday after a judge DC Federal has repeatedly suggested the prospect recruits could join other branches of the military that have relaxed boot camp rules.

Senior U.S. Judge Richard J. Leon, who is hearing the men’s preliminary injunction bid against the Marine Corps, probed attorneys for both sides during closing arguments. But the judge often didn’t seem fully convinced that the Marine Corps’ refusal to allow Jaskirat Singh, Aekash Singh and Milaap Singh Chahal to wear their uncut…

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