updated 5/13/2008 4:10:13 PM ET 2008-05-13T20:10:13

A federal judge in Detroit has dismissed the case of a Muslim woman who sued a judge for demanding she remove her veil in court.

The judge ruled Monday against Ginnnah Muhammad's claims that her rights to freedom of religion and court access were violated.

Judge Paul Paruk requested she remove her veil during a 2006 hearing in the town of Hamtramck. She was contesting a $3,000 charge from a rental-car company to repair a vehicle she said thieves had broken into.

Paruk told her he needed to see her face to judge her truthfulness and gave her a choice: Take off the veil or have the case dismissed. She kept it on and sued the judge last year alleging he violated her religious and civil rights.

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