The Tulsa County Sheriff is on track to hire outside counsel as it fights a federal civil rights lawsuit.
Suha Elqutt accuses deputies of making her remove her hijab in public in order to enter the courthouse in April. Sheriff Vic Regalado said the issues in the case are outside the purview of the district attorney's office.
"Oftentimes, depending on the complexity of the case, there's a mutual agreement between the district attorney's office and the sheriff's office to hire outside counsel on several different cases," Regalado said.
First Amendment issues in the religious discrimination lawsuit are the main concern.