Prisoner free exercise cases – July 7, 2013

Howard Friedman, Religion Clause

In Quintero v. Palmer, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92831 (D NV, July 1, 2013), a Nevada federal district court permitted a Catholic inmate to proceed (but not jointly with other inmates) with his complaint that group rosary services were not permitted, he was threatened with disciplinary action for writing the local Catholic bishop and that the mail room rejected his subscriptions to two Catholic periodicals.

In Gibson v. Yackeren, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92930 (WD NY. June 30, 2013), a New York federal district court allowed an inmate to proceed with his lawsuit charging that the prison’s Jewish chaplain wrongly refused to change his religious designation to Judaism, thereby restricting his ability to practice his religion.