April 23, 2003
Posted at: 7:00 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A federal judge ordered copies of the Harry Potter books to go back on an Arkansas school district's library shelves today.
The Cedarville School District last year removed the books from general circulation. It defended its actions by claiming that tales of wizardry and magic could harm school children.
To check out the books, students had to have their parents' permission.
Billy Counts and his wife Mary Nell sued the board, fearing their daughter Dakota, a fourth-grader, would be stigmatized if she were identified as someone who read the ``evil books.''
U-S District Judge Jim Larry Hendren granted the Counts' request that the district not limit access to the four books written by J.K. Rowling.
There was no immediate comment from the school district.