Court: Jailers Violated Rights In Removal Of Muslim’s Scarf

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

KNX 1070’s Mike Landa Reports

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

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 Tuesday and ordered Khatib’s lawsuit to proceed.

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  1. Big Rick says:

    Tough $h*t. How religious are you actually if you’re committing fraud?

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    2. Wowzers says:

      That’s liberal judges for you. No wonder California is going to pot fast. No pun intended.

  2. Jack says:

    What a joke..Deport here back to Mexico!

  3. BCat says:

    What happend to safety? Could it not be used to hang herself? Choke a Jailer? Call attention to her and get her hurt. Let’s get real here, another usless case the ties up the courts.

  4. Erinn Lucas says:

    Deport her back to Mexico? Really Jack? Um, Muslim not Mexican. With regards to her scarf being a danger…seriously? If a Sheriff cannot defend himself/herself from a scarf, get a new job. What will they do when someone pulls a shank? As for drawing attention to herself…prison tattoos, have you heard of them? If we are going to worry about unwanted attention being drawn to someone being held, you better cover them from head to toe then. That being said, I don’t think this is anymore than a judge over reaching. Either send her to jail or make her pay a fine. Don’t hold her for the day and then let her go; what a waste of time, money and energy.

  5. GiGiNoMore says:

    Jack has some serious issues.

  6. the wolf says:

    I disagree with these stupid judges. #1, this chick, lost all rights when she got arrested. #2 Even with jamicans, who’s dreadlocks are a religious deal, They still have to cut their hair in prison. #3 So does the american indian w/long hair must cut their hair. and that is a sacried part of them. So, where does this muslim get off on sueing the system, because of her head rap. These judges, bumped their heads, with their own malet. I vote against this law. They should revoke that law. It is a waste of taxpayers time.

    1. Whatever says:

      Yup. Get arrested and you lose all your rights. Thats exactly what it says in the constitution.

      1. Saber 1 says:

        SHIP that towel head back to the dunes. While your at it, gather all the ILLEGAL ALIENS up and send them packing to. WELFARE is for the AMERICAN CITIZEN when they fall upon hard times, not as a carrer while the rest of us bust our backs working while their laying around driving all the SUV’s that cost 70k plus. Get rid of the S**t and the smell will go away.

  7. arizona dreaming says:

    whats do you think of a mexican with a tatoo of virgin mary on one shoulder and tats of guns and naked woman every where else. …they really love thier gods dont they

    1. theshortbus says:

      Arizona should be dreaming of becoming literate

  8. drozone69 says:

    Got to give it to our fellow Muslim brothers!! Band up and utilize the freedom of the press in gaining notariety to your plight!!

  9. 777 says:

    Well, if someones religion requires to walk naked on the streets, we have to accept that too? If our woman can’t walk the streets of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan…… without headscarf, why should they walk here with??? Its about time we stand firm for this cause, this is USA, not Saudi Arabia or ……………

  10. Linda Decker says:

    Does anyone have a problem with the WELFARE FRAUD?

  11. Saber 1 says:

    SHIP that towel head back to the dunes. While your at it, gather all the ILLEGAL ALIENS up and send them packing to. WELFARE is for the AMERICAN CITIZEN when they fall upon hard times, not as a carrer while the rest of us bust our backs working while their laying around driving all the SUV’s that cost 70k plus. Get rid of the S**t and the smell will go away.

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