A Virginia judge has been jailed for a day and a half for posting a homophobic comment about a Muslim judge in court.
The judge was ordered to pay $10,000 (£6,500) in fines.
Judge Mark Borton posted the comment on his Facebook page on Tuesday, saying: “He’s not going to be a Muslim.
We don’t want Muslims here, and if you’re going to build a mosque, I don’t think that’s what’s going to happen.”
The comment was later deleted.
It has not been immediately verified if the judge will be charged with contempt of court or violating the Virginia Judicial Code.
Bortons comments were caught on a security camera at a Virginia courthouse, but he has not yet been identified.
The comment came after Bortson, who is white, was presiding over a case about a judge who was charged with adultery.
A judge from a predominantly Christian jurisdiction was also at the court hearing.
The Virginia Judicial Commission found the judge did not violate any laws and found that he was acting in his official capacity and not out of partisan bias.
A spokesperson for the Virginia Court of Appeals said: “Judge Borts conduct has not created any prejudice or harassment in any court.
In this instance, he acted in his judicial capacity and acted with a sense of fairness.”
Bort’s comments drew widespread condemnation.
Some Muslim leaders have called for the judge to be fired.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said: “[Borton] has made a personal, public, and highly offensive statement.
It is inexcusable.
The court’s job is to uphold the law, not to be the judge of that law.
“I have a personal commitment to protect the rights of all Virginian citizens, and I hope that my administration will support any investigation into Judge Borto.””
I have a personal commitment to protect the rights of all Virginian citizens, and I hope that my administration will support any investigation into Judge Borto.”