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New York judge sworn in on dictionary

By Matt Harding     Jan 4, 2010 in Politics
A judge in New York takes his oath of office with his left hand on a dictionary, rather than the customary Bible; officials could not locate a Bible for the ceremony.
According to the Daily Freeman in a "light moment" on Saturday, Ulster County judge Donald A. Williams was sworn in with a dictionary, rather than a Bible, by state Supreme Court Justice Michael Kavanagh.
The newspaper reported that Williams said there was no Bible available and that he didn't mind using a different book because the swearing-in was merely ceremonial. He officially became the county's judge on Friday.
UPI reported that U.S. government officials are not required to swear in on a Bible, but most do so as a demonstration of the binding nature of the promise. Hopefully, the swearing-in on a dictionary will help the judge stay true to his word.
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