Prisoner free exercise cases – December 17, 2018

Howard Friedman, Religion Clause

In Holt v. Givens, (11th Cir., Dec. 12, 2018), the 11th Circuit held that an inmate failed to state a First Amendment Claim growing out of the taking of his prayer oil.

In Derx v. Yancey, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 208053 (ED AR, Dec. 10, 2018) an Arkansas federal district court adopted a magistrate’s recommendation (2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 208651, Nov. 13, 2018) and allowed an inmate top move ahead with 1st Amendment and RLUIPA claims that his his ability to practice his Wiccan beliefs was restricted.

In Strozier v. Hall, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 208839 (SD GA, Dec. 11, 2018), a Georgia federal magistrate judge recommended dismissing an inmate’s complaint that he was not allowed to attend religious services while in an isolation cell.

In Williams v. New York State Office of Mental Health, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 211279 (ED NY, Dec. 14, 2018), a New York federal district court dismissed a complaint by an involuntarily committed criminal defendant that he was prevented from attending religious services.