Sunday, May 04, 2014

Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases

In Todd v. Holt, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57961 (MD PA, April 25, 2014), a Pennsylvania federal district court allowed an inmate to proceed with his complaint that he was denied religious certified meals for 14 days while the prison was in lockdown status.

In Sharonoff v. Nash, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 58114 (ED CA, April 25, 2014), a California federal magistrate judge dismissed, with leave to amend, an inmate's claim that his free exercise and equal protection rights were in fringed when authorities confiscated his mail package containing a copy of the publication "Cosmic Hidden" which contains messages from the edge of eternity.

In Allah v. Virginia, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 58529 (WD VA, April 28, 2014), a Virginia federal district court rejected an inmate's claim that his rights under RLUIPA were violated when authorities refused to recognize Nation of Gods and Earths as a religion or to allow NGE to meet communally, barred his wearing NGE clothing or having NGE publications, and allegedly did not accommodate his religious diet.

In Poslof v. CDCR, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60776 (ED CA, April 30, 2014), a California federal magistrate judge held that an inmate's complaint regarding lack of a proper kosher diet would be dismissed unless an amended complaint is filed curing pleading defects.

In McBryde v. Thomas, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59476 (D MT, April 29, 2014, a Montana federal district court adopted a magistrate's recommendations (2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60657, April 7, 2014) and dismissed an inmate's claim that his parole was conditioned on his completion of a drug treatment program containing religious elements.