In Thomas v. Morris, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 125911 (ED WI, Sept. 21, 2015), a Wisconsin federal district court allowed an inmate to move ahead with his complaint that certain jail officials refused to honor his food requests relating to Passover 2015.
In Thomas v. Lawler, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126135 (MD PA Sept. 22, 2015), a Pennsylvania federal district court dismissed a Muslim inmate’s complaints that the multi-faith chapel contains offensive religious iconography; he is unable to pray shoulder to shoulder with other Muslims due to inadequate space; he is unable clean himself prior to religious services; and the chapel’s location up 4 flights of steps often means he cannot attend prayer services because his health prevents his climbing stairs,
In Gee v. Sabol, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126872 (MD PA, Sept 22, 2015), a Pennsylvania federal district court rejected an inmate’s complaint that he was denied kosher meals, finding he had not established that he has a sincere religious belief in Judaism.
In Denegal v. Brazelton, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126982 (ED CA, Sept. 22, 2015), a California federal magistrate judge recommended that an inmate be allowed to move ahead against one of the defendants on his complaint that he was denied his right to a name change for religious reasons.
In Karafili v. Cruzen, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127094 (ND CA, Sept. 22, 2015), a California federal district court permitted a Muslim inmate to move ahead with his complaint that Muslim group prayer was disrupted one day even though Muslim inmates had received permission to pray in groups of up to 15.
In Bouman v. Broome, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127555 (SD MS, Sept. 23, 2015), a Mississippi federal district court adopted a magistrate’s recommendations and dismissed a Jewish inmate’s complaint seeking $9 million in damages for violation of his free exercise rights when he was disciplined for taking his Passover meal out of the dining area into his cell.
In Stinski v. Chatman, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 128061 (MD GA, Sept. 24, 2015), a Georgia federal district court, adopting in part a magistrate’s recommendations, allowed a Wiccan inmate to move forward against various defendants with complaints involving denial of religious items and observances, and complaints as to forced shaving and haircut.
In Begnoche v. DeRose, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 128633 (MD PA, Sept. 24, 2015), a Pennsylvania federal district court dismissed complaints by a Native American inmate regarding availability of a Native American spiritual adviser and celebration of the Green Corn Feast.
In Webb v. Broyles, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 128784 (WD VA, Sept. 24, 2015), a Virginia federal magistrate judge recommended dismissing an inmate’s complaint that he was wrongly removed from the Common Fare diet.