published Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Settlement reached in Georgia headcoverings lawsuit

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. — Attorneys for a woman who was told she could not enter a Douglasville courtroom unless she removed her religious headgear and was jailed for contempt of court say they've reached a settlement in their lawsuit against the city.

The attorneys said Thursday the city has adopted a policy allowing people wearing religious headcoverings to be screened privately by an officer of the same gender. It allows them to wear the headcovering to court.

In 2008, Lisa Valentine, a Muslim, attempted to accompany her nephew to a hearing but was told it was against court policy. After she protested, officers forced her to remove her headcovering and jailed her for hours.

In 2009, the Georgia Judicial Council adopted a non-binding policy clarifying that religious head coverings can be worn in courthouses.

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onetinsoldier said...

I hope she got a whole headress full of cash as well. It's the only thing these backward people understsnd.

October 6, 2011 at 3:05 p.m.
Salsa said...

I'm sure her lawyers got most of the cash.

October 6, 2011 at 3:09 p.m.
XGSBoss said...

Backward? Kettle, I'd love for you too meet your new life-partner (wink wink), Black

October 6, 2011 at 3:10 p.m.
XGSBoss said...

And it seems the law is on her side seeing all the changes that were made after the fact as well as her settlement. But you KNOW she's "one of those" with a name like Kwallah'aman Burundihada Schwartz. Oh wait, it's Lisa Valentine, my bad.

October 6, 2011 at 3:14 p.m.
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