Sunday, November 09, 2014

Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases

In Hall v. Sutton, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 21073 (7th Cir., Nov. 5, 2014), the 7th Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of qualified immunity in a challenge to a prison's two-meal practice during Ramadan and its delay of the Eid-ul-Fitr celebration.

In May v. Snaza, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156088 (WD WA, Nov. 4, 2014), a Washington federal district court adopted a magistrate's recommendation (2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156027, Oct. 8, 2014) and dismissed without prejudice a Muslim inmate's claim that his transfer to a different jail violated his free exercise rights because he was then denied Ramadan meals, Jumu'ah prayer services, and an Islamic leader and literature, and had a delay in being placed on a vegetarian diet.

In Ajala v. West, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156618 (WD WI, Nov. 4, 2014), a Wisconsin federal district court dismissed Muslim inmates' claims that prison authorities refused to accommodate their Ramadan fast and have a special meal for Eid al-Fitr. Plaintiffs though were permitted to file additional material on their claim that their 2012 Ramadan request was refused.