A Cumberland County magisterial district judge who is also a U.S. Army reservist with three Middle East tours under his belt has drawn national scrutiny for a ruling he made more than two months ago.

On Dec. 6, Judge Mark Martin dismissed a harassment case brought against Talaag Elbayomy, 46, of Mechanicsburg.

In his ruling, Martin said that the defendant's actions did not rise to the level of harassment as defined under the statute.

It's not necessarily the ruling that has news outlets like FoxNews in an uproar. It's the religious beliefs, or lack thereof, of the parties involved.

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