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Posted: May 6, 2011 8:09 a.m.

Lawyer: Cap keeps client from court

MCDONOUGH - A DeKalb County man says not being allowed to wear a cap in a Henry County courtroom violates his Constitutional rights.

Attorney Mawuli Davis says his client, 46-year-old Troy Montgomery, is Muslim and wore a tight-fitting cap called a kufi when he went to court Thursday to defend a speeding charge.

Davis says Henry County State Court Judge James Chafin refused to allow Montgomery to enter the courtroom and that he was not allowed to enter on two previous court dates.

Davis says he tried to explain to Chafin on Thursday that Montgomery wears the cap as a symbol of humility.

Davis says the judge wants to see proof that Montgomery is required to wear the cap.

Davis says decorum and not security is the issue for the judge.

 

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