Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Charles v. Verhagen (7th Cir. 2003): Department of Corrections Challenges RLUIPA

The Court affirmed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, granting summary judgment in favor of the plaintiff, Jerry Charles, who alleged a violation of his rights under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) to practice his religion. Specifically, the plaintiff requested accommodations that would allow … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Charles v. Verhagen (7th Cir. 2003): Department of Corrections Challenges RLUIPA

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Pittman-Bey v. Clay (S.D. Tex. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Plaintiff Leo Pittman-Bey, a Muslim inmate, sued Texas prison officials for allegedly violating the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and his constitutional right to free exercise of religion under the First Amendment by denying him after-sunset meals during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Previous prison regulations allowed practicing Muslim inmates to receive … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Pittman-Bey v. Clay (S.D. Tex. 2013): Religious Accommodations for Prisoners

Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Coleman v. Jabe (W.D.Va. 2012): Religious Accommodation for Grooming in Prison

Plaintiff Jeffrey Coleman filed an action against the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) alleging violations of his constitutional rights under the First Amendment, the Eighth Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment, and RLUIPA. The Plaintiff claimed that these rights had been violated in over 12 policies, including the policy that limited his purchase of prayer oil to … Continue reading Islamic Law in U.S. Courts: Coleman v. Jabe (W.D.Va. 2012): Religious Accommodation for Grooming in Prison

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