Georgia woman filed lawsuit after arrest for wearing headscarf

On December 14, 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia filed a lawsuit on behalf of Lisa Valentine, who was arrested in December 2008 for not removing her headscarf (hijab) in court. She refused to remove the headscarf upon entering an Atlanta courtroom, and Judge Keith Rollins found her in contempt of court for violating court policy, ordering her to 10 days in jail. She served one day before being released after a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation. The City of Douglasville settled the case in October 2011 and adopted a new policy that allows for religious headcoverings inside the courtroom.


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