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Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Eleventh Circuit: Florida Prisoners Must be Provided Kosher Meals by David Reutter by David Reutter The Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) must provide prisoners with the option of receiving kosher meals, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held in affirming a district court’s grant of summary judgment and a permanent ...
Eleventh Circuit: Procedural Dismissals do Not Count as Strikes Under the PLRA by David Reutter by David Reutter The Eleventh Circuit held last year that a district court erred in finding the dismissals of a prisoner’s prior civil rights actions due to “lack of jurisdiction” and for “want of prosecution” ...
Article • September 8, 2017
Filed under: Tax Law, Religion Defined
Seventh Circuit Denounces "Sovereign Citizen" Claims in Otherwise Routine Denial of Frivolous Suit by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton John Jones Bey sued the State of Indiana and county officials to enjoin them from taxing property he owns in Marion County, Indiana. He also sought a refund of past taxes ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Filed under: RLUIPA, Religious Grooming
Fifth Circuit Vacates Dismissal of Texas Grooming Policy RLUIPA Claim by The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has reversed the dismissal of a challenge to a prison grooming policy filed by Native American prisoners. Texas state prisoners Teddy Norris Davis and Robbie Dow Goodman alleged their religious freedoms ...
Ninth Circuit Reinstates Wiccan Prisoner’s Consent Decree by The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has sharply criticized a district court’s handling of a Wiccan prisoner’s lawsuit, and reinstated a longstanding consent decree in the case. In 1993, California state prisoner William Rouser filed suit on behalf of himself and thirty ...
Article • August 7, 2017
Wiccan Prisoner Settles with NV DOC Over Denial of Hardbound Religious Books by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Donald Towne, a Nevada state prisoner and practicing Wiccan, reached a settlement of unspecified remedies in July 2008 in his pro se lawsuit against the state’s Department of Corrections (NDOC). Towne alleged ...
Going to Prison in Texas in 2015 by William T. Habern by William T. Habern, David P. O’Neil, and Debra Bone Introduction For over 30 years our firm has represented offenders and their families in prison and parole administrative and legal issues. The first version of this article was published ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Filed under: Proselytizing
Tennessee Sheriff Settles Lawsuit over Religious Proselytization by The Bradley County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) in Tennessee agreed to a settlement to resolve a lawsuit and end the use of its Facebook page to promote or further religious statements. In addition to the settlement terms that regulate Facebook postings, the Sheriff’s ...
Seventh Circuit Reinstates Illinois Prisoner’s Religious Rights Suit by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On October 17, 2016, the Seventh Circuit granted the appeal of an Illinois state prisoner who had sued for violations of his religious rights. The appellate court held that a previous claim he had filed in ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Seventh Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Suit Over Denial of Ramadan Meals; $3,600 Settlement by Matthew Clarke by Matt Clarke On January 4, 2016, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a Muslim prisoner who was denied several sack meals during Ramadan. Michael L. ...
Harris v. Adams County Sheriff's Department, CO, Settlement, Quran and Halal Meals, 2017 SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND GENERAL RELEASE THIS SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND GENERAL RELEASE ("Agreement") is made by and between, Marquise D. Harris ("Plaintiff')~nd Adams County Board of County Commissioners, its current and former officers, agents, servants and employees, the ...
Brief • 2017
Bartlett v. Atencio, ID, Complaint, Kosher Meals, 2017 Case 1:17-cv-00191-CWD Document 1 Filed 05/03/17 Page 1 of 29 Richard Eppink AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF IDAHO FOUNDATION Idaho State Bar no. 7503 reppink@acluidaho.org P.O. Box 1897 Boise, Idaho 83701 (208) 344-9750, ext. 1202 Craig Durham FERGUSON DURHAM, PLLC Idaho State ...
Harris v. Adams County Sheriff's Department, CO, Complaint, Quran and Halal Meals, 2016 Case 1:16-cv-00574-REB-MEH Document 1 Filed 03/09/16 USDC Colorado Page 1 of 22 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Civil Action No. \ b ·- c, \t - bO ~ -q- ':\ (fo ...
Brief • June 1, 2017
Thompson v. Holm, WI, Settlement, Ramadan Fasting, 2016 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN MICHAEL L. THOMPSON, Plaintiff, v. Case No. 13..cv.. 00930-nj WILLIAM HOLM, MATTHEW LARSON, RANDALL LASHOCK, BRUCE BLEICH, and JOHN DOE, Defendants. RELEASE AND SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT Tins Release and Settlement Agreement ...
Brief • 2017
American Humanist Association v. Norwood, KS, Complaint, Display of Christian Messages, 2017 Case 2:17-cv-02554-KHV-GLR Document 1 Filed 09/20/17 Page 1 of 18 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS AMERICAN HUMANIST ASSOCIATION ) Washington, D.C., ) ) and ) ) SHARI WEBBER-DUNN ) Topeka, Kansas, ) ...
Brief • 2017
Powell v. City of Long Beach, CA, Settlement, Hijab, 2017 RELEASE AND SETTLEMENT OF CLAIM FOR THE SOLE CONSIDERATION OF EIGHTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($85,000.00), tous inhand paid by the CITY OF LONG BEACH, the receipt of which ishereby acknowledged, KIRSTY POWELL ("PLAINTIFF"), DOES HEREBY RELEASE, ACQUIT, AND FOREVER DISCHARGE ...
Coward v. Robinson, VA, Judgment, 5 Percenters Religious Freedom, 2017 Case 1:10-cv-00147-LMB-MSN Document 237 Filed 08/28/17 Page 1 of 1 PageID# 2656 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA Alexandria Division Kalvin Donnell Coward, ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Plaintiff, ...
Brief • 2017
Bartlett v. Atencio, ID, Settlement, Kosher Meals, 2017 Case 1:17-cv-00191-CWD Document 32-1 Filed 08/11/17 Page 1 of 9 Richard Eppink AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION OF IDAHO FOUNDATION Idaho State Bar no. 7503 reppink@acluidaho.org P.O. Box 1897 Boise, Idaho 83701 (208) 344-9750, ext. 1202 Craig Durham FERGUSON DURHAM, PLLC Idaho State ...
Brief • May 19, 2017
Filed under: Food, Religious Diet
Woodring v. Commissioner, IN, Complaint, Kosher Diet, 2016 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA INDIANAPOLIS DIVISION BRIAN WOODRING, Plaintiff, No. V. COMMISIONER, INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION, Defendant. Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief Introduction 1. Brian Woodring is a Jewish prisoner who has been committed to the custody ...
Brief • May 19, 2017
Filed under: Food, Religious Diet
Woodring v. Commissioner, IN, Settlement Authorization, Kosher Diet, 2016 Release and Authorization Brian Woodring says that: 1. I am the plaintiff in the case entitled Woodring v. Commissioner, Indiana Department of Correction, No. 1:16-cv-2855-RLY-MPB. 2. I am aware that this case challenges the fact that I have not been allowed ...
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