Suit Over Hijab May Be Settled

February 4, 2010

Author: Oralander Brand-Williams

Source: The Detroit News

The federal lawsuit against a local judge who ordered a Muslim woman to remove her religious head covering last fall could be settled by a federal magistrate.

U.S. District Judge Marianne O. Battani on Wednesday ordered a settlement hearing by a federal magistrate in the case against Wayne County Circuit Judge William Callahan. The longtime judge is being sued by the woman and a local Muslim civil rights organization for allegedly violating her First Amendment rights.

Raneen Albaghdady of Dearborn says her religious rights were violated during a hearing last June when Callahan ordered her to remove her hijab.