A lawsuit accusing San Bernardino County of violating a Rialto Muslim woman’s rights by forcing her to remove her headscarf was allowed to proceed by a federal judge Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips denied a motion by the county’s attorneys seeking to have part of the case dismissed.

“There’s clearly enough here to satisfy the requirements for the claimant,” Phillips said in a brief hearing at the Riverside court.

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In a lawsuit filed in December, Jameelah Medina, 29, claimed that her freedom of religion was violated when she was ordered to remove her headscarf at the county’s West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga in December 2005. She is being represented by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California.

Medina was arrested on suspicion of using an invalid ticket after boarding Metrolink in Fontana, according to the lawsuit. When booked at the jail, a guard forced Medina to remove the scarf and remain without it for most of the day, until she was released, she stated. (MORE)


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