U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie ruled Wednesday that Mamie
Manneh's faith didn't preclude her from applying for permits to
import exotic food or explain why she misled officials.
Manneh's lawyers claimed a First Amendment right, arguing that some Liberian Christians eat monkey meat for spiritual reasons.
Her lawyer didn't respond to phone messages Saturday.
She faces up to five years in prison and deportation if convicted.
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