Maye v. Serafin

In 2013, a chaplain with the Michigan Department of Corrections tells Muslim inmate that he can’t attend Eid al-Fitr, a religious feast marking the end of Ramadan. Chaplain tells inmate he’s the wrong kind of Muslim and can attend the feast only if he changes his religion. Access to the feast is allegedly denied again in 2014. Inmate sues, asserting First and 14th Amendment violations. Qualified immunity? No, says Sixth Circuit—not least because a court in a different case “had already issued a binding order enjoining these defendants from preventing Muslim inmates to participate in Eid.” And “reasonable officials follow court orders.”

Tags: 2019, First Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Qualified Immunity, Sixth Circuit

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