In Howard v. Joyce Meyer Ministries, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 207022 (ED WI, Dec. 18, 2017), a Wisconsin federal district court dismissed an inmate’s complaint that the prison promoted Christianity through a Library drawing, a gift bag give away, and Christian radio programming, as well as his claim that he was not allowed to possess a Buddha emblem necklace.
In Cooper v. Bower, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 207350 (WD KY, Dec. 15, 2017), a Kentucky federal district court held that correctional officers were entitled to qualified immunity as to their rejection of a Qur’an that had been mailed to plaintiff inmate.
In Spearman v. Williams, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 208111 (WD MI, Dec. 19, 2017), a Michigan federal district court dismissed on statute of limitations grounds an inmate’s claim that his Nuwaubian religious scrolls were lost when he was moved to a different room.
In Sabir v. Williams, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 208640 (D CT, Dec. 19, 2017), a Connecticut federal district court permitted a Musim inmate to move ahead with his complaint about prison policy that prohibited gropu prayer outside of the chapel.
In Endicott v. Allen, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 209998 (ED MO, Dec. 21, 2017), a Missouri federal district court allowed a Jewish inmate to move ahead with a number of complaints regarding availability of kosher meals, food items and religious materials. Among his charges he claims that the canteen manipulates the items listed as kosher to catch him buying non-kosher food and obtain his removal from the religious diet list.
In Cochran v. Sherman, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 210403 (ED CA, Dec. 21, 2017), a California federal magistrate judge recommended allowing an inmate to proceed against certain defendants who denied his religious request for a publicly recorded legal name change to Gabriel Christian Hunter.
In Hearns v. Gonzales, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 210517 (ED CA, Dec. 21, 2017), a California federal magistrate judge recommended allowing a former inmate to move ahead with his complaint regarding a retaliatory cell search, but dismissed with leave to amend his complaint regarding damage to and confiscation of his prayer rug.
In Davis v. Hamilton County Jail, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 210697 (ED TN, Dec. 22, 2017),a Tennessee federal district court dismissed an inmate’s complaint that verbal harassment interfered with his ability to practice his religion.
In Saif’Ullah v. Albritton, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 211188 (ND CA, Dec. 21, 2017), a California federal district court dismissed a Muslim inmate’s complaint regarding reminders about the ban on large group noon and afternoon congregational prayer during open day room.