Hebrew Israelite Prisoner Fails to Show Medallion is Religious
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The plaintiff, a Hebrew Israelite, was deprived of his gold leaf medallion; a Catholic priest said he'd never heard of a religion that used a gold leaf medallion, and several Muslims said it was not a religious emblem. The plaintiff was told that he had to produce evidence that the medallion was associated with a religion. Summary judgment is granted to the defendants because the plaintiff failed to show that his need for the gold leaf medallion "is a central tenet of the Yaweh ben Yaweh faith." (503) In any case the defendants would be entitled to qualified immunity, since they tried and failed to verify whether the medallion was associated with a religion. See: Blue v. Jabe, 996 F.Supp. 499 (E.D.Va. 1996).