Georgia Courts Change Hijab Policy


Gary Franklin

ATLANTA (AP) — The Justice Department has ended its review of how Georgia courts handle the wearing of religious head coverings after court officials changed their policy.


The Judicial Council of Georgia voted in July to allow religious
and medical headgear into Georgia courtrooms after last year’s
arrest of a Muslim woman who refused to remove her headscarf in a Douglasville courthouse.

Merrily Friedlander of the Justice Department’s civil rights
division sent a letter this week saying that the new policy
“resolves the issues.”

The department began investigating Georgia courts in January
after allegations of discrimination involving Muslim women and
others.

One involved the December 2008 arrest of Lisa Valentine, who was ordered to serve 10 days in jail for contempt of court after she refused to remove her hijab. She was released in less than a day.

Associated Press

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