Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Webb v. City of Philadelphia (3d Cir. 2009): Ḥijāb with Police Uniform

A female Muslim police officer, Kimberlie Webb, sued the City of Philadelphia under Title VII and the Pennsylvania Religious Freedom Protection Act, alleging religion- and gender-based discrimination. Specifically, the plaintiff objected to the City barring her from wearing a headscarf (ḥijāb) with her police uniform, and argued that the prohibition amounted to a failure to … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Webb v. City of Philadelphia (3d Cir. 2009): Ḥijāb with Police Uniform

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Matiyn v. Comm’r Dep’t of Corr. (W.D.N.Y. 1989): Prison Prayer Space

Faris Matiyn, an inmate at the Attica prison, mounted a § 1983 claim against the commissioner of the New York State Department of Corrections and prison superintendent Walter Kelly. The plaintiff alleged that the prison violated his First Amendment free exercise right by not allowing Sunnī and Shīʿī Muslims—the two major Muslim denominations—to have separate … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Matiyn v. Comm’r Dep’t of Corr. (W.D.N.Y. 1989): Prison Prayer Space

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Harvey v. Anderson (W.D.La. 2012): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Plaintiff Andre Harvey, a Muslim inmate at the David Wade Correctional Center, filed this action against the Respondent, Chaplain Ray Anderson, for allegedly removing the Plaintiff from the list on inmates approved to receive a religious diet and for denying him access to the Islamic community chapel. The Respondent filed a motion for summary judgment, … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Harvey v. Anderson (W.D.La. 2012): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Muhammad v. Davis (M.D. Fla. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

The Plaintiff Akeem Muhammad, an inmate in the Florida penal system, filed suit against the Respondents (prison officials Marvin Davis, Alex Taylor, and R. Graham; the Food Service Administrator of the Fla. Dept. of Corrections; and the Assistant Warden and Warden of Florida State Prison) for their refusal to provide him with a daily pre-fasting … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Muhammad v. Davis (M.D. Fla. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: McDaniels v. Elfo (W.D. Wash. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Plaintiff Peter McDaniels sued various prison officials, alleging that they intentionally failed to provide him with pre-sunrise meals during Ramadan and with an Eid al-Fitr meal at the conclusion of Ramadan, in violation of his First Amendment rights to free exercise of religion. The Plaintiff also contended that the lack of provision of ḥalāl meat … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: McDaniels v. Elfo (W.D. Wash. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Easterling v. Pollard (7th Cir. 2013): Prisoner’s Complaint Over Ramadan Start Date

Petitioner Kofi Easterling, an inmate at Green Bay Correctional Institution (GBCI), filed suit against the Respondents, various prison officials, alleging that they ignored the Petitioner's instructions as to when Ramadan began. The Petitioner claimed that the Respondents’ Ramadan date violated his religious beliefs under the First Amendment and RLUIPA. In the District Court, the Respondents … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Easterling v. Pollard (7th Cir. 2013): Prisoner’s Complaint Over Ramadan Start Date

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Walker v. Artus (N.D.N.Y. 2013): Prisoner Religious Accommodation Claim

Petitioner Tyrone Walker alleged that the prison violated his civil rights when it refused to provide him with the opportunity to participate in jumu'ah (Friday prayer) services when he was confined to the SHU. The District Court determined that the Respondent did not violate the Petitioner's rights under RLUIPA, as the Respondent's decision to deny … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Walker v. Artus (N.D.N.Y. 2013): Prisoner Religious Accommodation Claim

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Miller v. Bouchard (N.D.N.Y. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

The plaintiff, Raymond Miller, brought this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that the defendants, employees at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility (New York), violated his free exercise rights under the First Amendment by restricting his ability to practice Islam. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants only allowed him to wear his kufi … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Miller v. Bouchard (N.D.N.Y. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Young v. Newsom (N.C. 1920): Husband’s Liability for his Wife’s Tort

Holding: Under N.C. Acts of 1871­–72, c. 193, § 25 (Rev. § 2105), a husband who lives with his wife is liable for her torts, even though he was not present when she committed them and did not know of them. Procedural posture: Plaintiff sued defendants husband and wife to recover damages for wife’s slander … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Young v. Newsom (N.C. 1920): Husband’s Liability for his Wife’s Tort

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Lindh v. Warden (S.D. Ind. 2013): Prison Accommodations

Plaintiff John Walker Lindh, a convicted "American Taliban," challenged prison policies that allowed for individual prayer in cells, but banned group congregation for prayer due to "security concerns." The Plaintiff sued the warden of the Federal Correctional Institution of Terre Haute, Indiana, alleging violations of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The District Court found that the Plaintiff … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Lindh v. Warden (S.D. Ind. 2013): Prison Accommodations