A federal appeals court ruled that 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.
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.