Prisoner free exercise cases – June 12, 2017

Howard Friedman, Religion Clause


In Kerry X v. Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, (3d Cir., June 6, 2017), the 3rd Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a suit by an inmate who practices a form of Islam known as Muhammad’sTemple of Islam who contended that he could not observe certain holy days.

In Bush v. Lackawanna County Prison, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87494 (MD PA, June 7, 2017), a Pennsylvania federal district court dismissed for failure to prosecute a former inmate’s commplaint that he had been unable to practice his Nation of Islam religion.

In Gadbury v. California, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88422 (ED CA, June 7, 2017), a California federal magistrate judge dismissed an inmate’s free exercise complaint that his vegetarian diet sometimes included fish or eggs.