Howard Friedman, Religion Clause
In Hall v. Martin, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29585 (WD MI, March 11, 2015), a Michigan federal district court adopted a magistrate’s recommendation (2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30572, Feb. 18, 2015) and denied summary judgment to a Messianic Jewish inmate who was suing because he was denied a strict vegetarian diet.
In Haynes v. Hedgpeth, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30673 (ND CA, March 12, 2015), a California federal district court refused to dismiss some of the claims by a Muslim inmate complaining that he was denied access to group Jumu’ah prayer. The court referred the case for settlement proceedings.
In Chaparro v. Ducart, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30912 (ND CA, March 9, 2015), a California federal district court permitted a Jehovah’s Witness inmate to proceed with his complaint that under prison policy he was not permitted to attend religious services for 30 days because he failed to attend a service that he had been authorized to attend.
In Fluker v. Davis, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31140 (SD MS, March 13, 2015), a Mississippi federal magistrate judge dismissed a Muslim inmate’s complaint that while in restrictive custody he could not attend Jumu’ah services outside of his unit.
In Williams v. Miller, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31296 (WD OK, March 12, 2015), and Oklahoma federal district court adopted a magistrate’s recommendations (2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 30419, Jan. 27, 2015) and dismissed a Muslim inmate’s complaint that he lacked access to a Qur’an during Ramadan and that prison officials failed to remove from Ramadan participation inmates that failed to honor the Ramadan fast.