Michigan high court considers Muslim veil issue

The Michigan Supreme Court on Tuesday weighed if judges can regulate how witnesses dress after a Muslim woman’s small claims case was dismissed when she refused to remove a veil while testifying.

Hamtramck District Judge Paul Paruk told Ginnnah Muhammad that he needed to see her face to judge her truthfulness. The 45-year-old from Detroit kept her niqab on during the October 2006 hearing.



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