Amin Rahman Shakur, plaintiff-appellant v. Dora B. Schriro, director, sued in her individual and official capacity as Director of Arizona Department of Corrections, Mike Linderman, sued in his individual and official capacity ad Director Pastoral Activities, Bhishm Naraine, sued in his individual and official capacity as Assistant Deputy Warden, M. Errol Grant, Esq., Senior Chaplain, defendants-appellees: appeal from the United District Court for the District of Arizona : opinion
United States. Circuit Court (9th Circuit), Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, Derek L. Shaffer, Stanford University. Constitutional Law Center
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2008 - Muslims - 26 pages
The case concerned a federal prisoner in Arizona who practices Islam. The prison did not serve halal meat but served kosher meat to Jewish prisoners. The prisoner requested kosher meat, consistent with his view that its consumption was consistent with Islam. The prison informed him that kosher meat was exclusively "for Jewish prisoners." He challenged this decision pro se as a denial of his religious freedom and lost in a summary judgment for the prison. Stanford's Constitutional Law Center took over representation on appeal under the 9th Circuit pro bono program. In a unanimous 23-page published opinion, the Ninth Circuit reversed the summary judgment for the prison and remanded for trial on Mr. Shakur's free exercise, RLUIPA and equal protection claims.
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