Religion

Wright v. Lassiter (P)

The district court correctly found that North Carolina prison officials did not substantially burden the plaintiff’s constitutional and statutory religious-freedom rights, though not for the result the court gave. The plaintiff is an¬†inmate who follows Rastafarianism. He asked to celebrate… Read More ›

Wood v. Arnold (P)

In this suit to vindicate a student’s First Amendment rights, two statements concerning Islamic beliefs,¬†presented as part of a high school world history class, did not violate the student’s rights under either the Establishment Clause or the Free Speech Clause…. Read More ›

Richardson v. Welch

The Virginia Department of Corrections is entitled to summary judgment as to a plaintiff’s claim that, while incarcerated, he has been wrongfully denied proper observance of the Nation of Islam Month of Fasting in December, according to his beliefs. When… Read More ›

Haendel v. Clark

Factual disputes prevented summary judgment as to whether the defendants violated the plaintiff’s First Amendment rights in prison by not offering food that was kosher for Passover, rather than merely kosher. A jury could also find that the defendants discriminated… Read More ›