DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit-area doctor at the center of a female genital mutilation investigation is asking a judge to release her from jail while she awaits trial.
Dr. Jumana Nagarwala has been in custody since her arrest in April. In a court filing Friday, her lawyer says Nagarwala isn't a risk to the public and won't flee. Authorities have her passport.
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Shannon Smith says house arrest with electronic monitoring would be enough. Federal Judge Bernard Friedman has released two other people, including the owner of a clinic where the alleged crimes occurred.
Nagarwala is accused of cutting at least six girls at a clinic in suburban Detroit. She denies the charges. Smith says Nagarwala performed a "religious rite of passage that is sacred" to a Muslim sect, the Dawoodi Bohra.
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