Prisoner free exercise cases – January 4, 2015

Howard Friedman, Religion Clause

In Shehee v. Anlin, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 177898 (ED CA, Dec. 25, 2014), a California federal magistrate judge dismissed with leave to amend a civil detainee’s complaint regarding problems in connection with a requested religious diet.

In Flippin v. Vaughn, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 178053 (WD KY, Dec. 30, 2014), a Kentucky federal district court permitted a pre-trial detainee to move ahead with his complaint that he was denied the right to attend church after he was placed in administrative segregation due to overcrowding.

In Curry v. Bradt, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 176210 (WD NY, Dec. 19, 2914), a New York federal district court accepted a magistrate’s recommendation (2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 178826, Dec. 2, 2014), and denied a TRO and preliminary injunction to a Muslim inmate who complained that only one of the two meals furnished to inmates on a Ramadan diet was a hot meal.