Inmate’s Native American Religious Rights Not Violated, 3rd Circuit Rules

(January 31, 2017, 9:25 AM EST) -- PHILADELPHIA — Officials at a Pennsylvania prison did not violate a Native American inmate’s constitutional rights to practice his religious beliefs because he was provided with a spiritual adviser as requested and given the opportunity to participate in an annual Indian feast celebration, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held Jan. 26 in summarily affirming a federal judge’s decision (Paul J. Begnoche, Sr. v. Warden D.L. DeRose, et al., No. 16-3723, 3rd Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 1386)....

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