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New Prisoners' Rights Case [Carter v. Fleming] Before Fourth Circuit

Appellate Director David Shapiro is arguing a new prisoners' right case before a special meeting of the Fourth Circuit. Our client, a member of the Nation of Islam, accepted one non-halal meal (on Thanksgiving) and for that, the Virginia prison suspended his halal meals entirely, arguing that he lacked religious sincerity. But that can a prison really rule on a person’s religion, even after just one transgression? We don’t think so. That would like the government barring the doors of a church on Sunday for all those absent the previous Sunday, on the ground that they are faking it. 

Brief available here

Keywords: Appellate, David M. Shapiro, prisoners' rights

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