Fri., July 24, 2009 6:10pm (EDT)

GA Judges: Head Coverings Allowed In Court
By Associated Press
Updated: 5 years ago

ATLANTA  —   Georgia judges voted this week to let people where religious or medical head gear in state courtrooms.

The decision comes after police arrested a Muslim woman last December for refusing to remove her headscarf before attending a hearing.

The Judicial Council of Georgia also voted to let people request an officer of the same gender to inspect them if security wants to conduct a search.

The policy shift stems from the arrest of Lisa Valentine who was ordered to serve 10 days in jail after refusing to remove her hijab in a west Georgia courtroom in Douglasville.