US Judge Busts Muslim Woman for Wearing Hijab
She's held in contempt for refusing to remove head covering
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2008 3:07 AM CST
A vendor shows various styles of the Islamic hijab in the Jordanian capital Amman last month.   (AP Photo/Mohammad abu Ghosh)
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(Newser) – A Muslim woman was briefly jailed by a Georgia judge for refusing to take off her head-covering hijab in court, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The woman was arrested for contempt, and ordered held for 10 days—but was released after several hours. She had been in court with her nephew, who was contesting a traffic violation. The same judge ejected another Muslim woman from court last week under similar circumstances.

 “When somebody is denied access to our judicial system based on religiously mandated attire, then what does that say?" asked a spokesman from the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "No Muslim woman can have access to a courtroom in Georgia?"