Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Woman Sues Prison Over Headscarf Removal; Supreme Court Says It's OK to Sue the Prison

A Muslim woman is suing prison officials from Orange County, California, for forcing her to take off her headscarf in a holding cell, the Europe News website reports today (October 5, 2011).

The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed Souhair Khatib to proceed with her lawsuit that she filed in 2007.

The 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals had earlier rejected arguments that holding cells are not covered by a federal law protecting the religious practices of prisoners.

It ruled Khatib had the right to wear the scarf unless officials could show it was a security risk.

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