Muslim's suit over scarves in Calif. jail settled

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      Muslim's suit over scarves in Calif. jail settled

      Muslim's suit over scarves in Calif. jail settled

      By GILLIAN FLACCUS – 5 hours ago

      ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California county will allow jailed Muslim women to wear headscarves after settling a lawsuit with a woman who claims that deputies violated her religious freedom by making her remove her hijab.

      The settlement agreement signed by the county last week and released Monday specifies that Muslim women must be provided a private area to remove their headscarves after arrest and must be provided with county-issued headscarves to cover themselves when they are in the presence of men.

      The county, which did not admit wrongdoing, will also pay $45,000 in damages. Plaintiff Jameelah Medina will get $10,000 after subtracting attorney fees, said Hector Villagra, director of the Orange County office of the American Civil Liberties Union.

      A spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department did not immediately return a call Monday from The Associated Press.

      Medina, 30, was arrested in December 2005 in Pomona for having an invalid train pass. She spent 12 hours in jail but was never prosecuted.

      Medina, a business trainer who lives in Rialto, said that during processing she was forced to remove her headscarf in the presence of a male deputy even though she explained that to do so violated her religious beliefs.

      "I felt exposed and vulnerable," she said. "I don't think I could have felt more naked even if I had no clothes on."

      Medina and her attorneys said the settlement was important because it addressed the county's concerns about safety while respecting Muslims' religious beliefs.

      "We had a concern about religious rights and they had a concern about safety. We met halfway to ensure that nothing like this will ever happen again," Villagra said.


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      Wow. So at least we have that behind us!

      If I ever get arrested, I'm going to start a religion that will require me to wear Groucho glasses and a rainbow clown wig. When the prison officials balk at my request, I'll sue and be rich!

      "I felt exposed and vulnerable," she said. "I don't think I could have felt more naked even if I had no clothes on."
      I'm going to guess that she wasn't "thoroughly" searched during booking.

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      My religion demands that I always have a fully loaded S&W M&P40 in my possession.

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      "I felt exposed and vulnerable,"

      hmmmm....in jail...go figure...Animals

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      Where is the "Reset" button so we can go back to the beginning and start again. This time without a college course on Civil Liberties with Laughable but Winable lawsuits!

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      Silly me, I thought you lost rights when you commit a crime.

      Quote Originally Posted by tekhead1219 View Post
      This time without a college course on Civil Liberties with Laughable but Winable lawsuits!
      Don't even get me started about some of the crap I heard from professors and read in textbooks while in college.

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      Quote Originally Posted by BeefyBeefo View Post
      Silly me, I thought you lost rights when you commit a crime.
      Whaaaaaaaaaattttt??? Are you nuts? You get more rights when you're convicted. Free cable television, three squares a day, and someone to hold you when the lights go out.

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      Quote Originally Posted by tekhead1219 View Post
      Whaaaaaaaaaattttt??? Are you nuts? You get more rights when you're convicted. Free cable television, three squares a day, and someone to hold you when the lights go out.


      Wait a minute...



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      Quote Originally Posted by TOF View Post
      My religion demands that I always have a fully loaded S&W M&P40 in my possession.

      HEY!!!! I'm a member of a similar religion, but mine must be "non-denominational"... It doesn't support any specific brand... just a gun...

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