Georgia judge jails Muslim woman over head scarf

By David Edwards
Thursday, December 18, 2008 12:19 EDT
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A judge in Douglasville, Georgia ordered a Muslim women to serve ten days in jail after she refused to take off her head scarf. The judge said that Lisa Valentine had violated the court’s policy the prohibit head wear in courtrooms.

A spokeswoman for the Georgia Attorney General said that there was no law against wearing headscarfs in courtrooms. “It’s at the discretion of the judge and the sheriffs and is up to the security officers in the court house to enforce their decision,” she said.

The Associate Press has more details here.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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