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Court: Jailers erred in removal of Muslim’s scarf

Published: Tue, March 15, 2011 @ 2:45 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court says Southern California jailers violated the religious freedom of a Muslim woman who was ordered to take off her head scarf in a courthouse holding cell.

An 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously reinstated a civil rights lawsuit Tuesday filed by Souhair Khatib in 2007 against Orange County.

Khatib was jailed for several hours in November 2006 after a judge revoked her probation from a misdemeanor welfare fraud conviction. Probation was reinstated the same day and Khatib was released from jail.

A trial court judge and a three-judge appeals court panel previously dismissed the lawsuit, saying that holding cells aren’t covered by a federal law protecting inmates’ religious practices.

But the 11 judges rejected that argument and ordered Khatib’s lawsuit to proceed.


11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Absolutely insane.

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2redvert(2240 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

No one should be surprised, this ruling was made in the capital city of "fruits and nuts land."

Yes I understand that Sacramento is the capital of the normal California!

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3geo290(1 comment)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

To hell with that! This is America. Blow it out your Berka!

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4Sm_o_dee(13 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

What did anyone expect? This is the 9th Circuit court. A court that is against everything that America stands for. Each and every one of those moronic justices needs to be tossed out of America on their judicial canz!

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5DOLE2(595 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Please allow me to keep my religious sidearm while in the holding cell or I will sue you infidel!

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