Sunday, September 09, 2018

Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases

In Young v. Hooks, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 25324 (6th Cir., Sept. 5, 2018), the 6th Circuit upheld the dismissal of an inmate's complaint that a correctional officer poured out his prayer oil.

In Whitehead v. Honeycutt, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149705 (WD NC, Aug. 27, 2018), a North Carolina federal district court allowed a pre-trial detainee to move ahead with his complaint that his Bible and other Seventh Day Adventist religious books were confiscated.

In Ali v. Romero, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149848 (D MD, Sept. 4, 2018), a Maryland federal district court appointed counsel to file an amended complaint naming correct defendants in a suit by an inmate who objects to the failure of a facility to offer daily Muslim religious services.

In Blankenship v. Terry, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149863 (SD WV, Sept. 4, 2018), a West Virginia federal district court adopted a magistrate's recommendation (2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150125, Aug. 7, 2018) and dismissed an inmate's complaint that a corrections officer threw his prayer mat on the floor and stepped on it, and that plaintiff was refused a new prayer mat.

In Johnson v. Bienkoski, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150688 (MD PA, Aug. 31, 2018), a Pennsylvania federal magistrate judge recommended dismissing an inmate's complaint that alleged, among other things, that his religious beads were confiscated and that he had his commissary privileges restricted during Ramadan.

In Ackerman v. Washington, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150721 (ED MI, Sept. 5, 2018), a Michigan federal district court denied summary judgment for the Michigan Department of Corrections in a suit by Jewish inmates who claim that the kosher meals being provided are not adequately protected against cross-contamination that would make them non-kosher.

In Gill v. Aramark Correctional Services, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150895 (ED WI, Sept. 5, 2018), a Wisconsin federal district court allowed a Muslim inmate to move ahead with his complaint that on most days he was served vegan meals instead of Halal meals.

In Trainauskas v. Fralicker, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 151161 (SD IL, Sept.5, 2018), an Illinois federal district court adopted in part a magistrate's recommendation (2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 151160, June 18, 2018) and allowed an inmate who is a follower of Asatru to move ahead with his complaint about disciplinary sanctions growing out of his involvement with Asatru organizations.