Case: Jama v. Peters

0:23-cv-03075 | U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Filed Date: Oct. 4, 2023

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

This is a case about a Muslim American woman who was mandated to remove her hijab when she was incarcerated. On October 4, 2023, the woman filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. Represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations and private counsel, the plaintiff sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons under the Declaratory Judgment Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), Ex Parte Young, and Bivens, alleging violations of the First Amen…

This is a case about a Muslim American woman who was mandated to remove her hijab when she was incarcerated. On October 4, 2023, the woman filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. Represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations and private counsel, the plaintiff sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons under the Declaratory Judgment Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), Ex Parte Young, and Bivens, alleging violations of the First Amendment's Free Exercise Clause and the RFRA by various individuals working at the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The plaintiff alleged that prison officials had made her remove her hijab several times, including for ID photos, and had threatened to place her in solitary confinement and prevent her from having visitors to make her comply. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants had violated the RFRA because making her remove her hijab and taking and using pictures of her without her hijab imposed a substantial burden on the exercise of her religion and had no compelling justification.

The plaintiff requested a declaratory judgment as well as preliminary and permanent injunctive relief. The plaintiff asked the court to issue an injunction that would prevent the defendants from requiring Muslim women to remove their hijabs whilst taking their ID pictures. Additionally, the plaintiff requested an injunction requiring that the defendants destroy all photographs of the plaintiff taken without her hijab as well as security footage of the plaintiff not wearing her hijab. Furthermore, the plaintiff requested that defendants instruct those with access to plaintiff’s photographs where she is not wearing her hijab to destroy the photos. Lastly, the plaintiff sought compensatory and punitive damages from each individual defendant, as well as attorney fees.

The case was assigned to Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright. As of October 22, 2023, the case is ongoing.

Summary Authors

Renuka Wagh (10/24/2023)

People

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Judge(s)

Wright, Wilhelmina Marie (Minnesota)

Attorney for Plaintiff

Shaw, Alec (Minnesota)

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Documents in the Clearinghouse

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0:23-cv-03075

Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief, and Damages, and Jury Demand

Oct. 4, 2023

Oct. 4, 2023

Complaint

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/67863777/jama-v-peters/

Last updated April 27, 2024, 3:02 a.m.

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COMPLAINT against All Defendants (filing fee $ 402, receipt number AMNDC-10577830) filed by Muna Jama. Filer requests summons issued. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet) (Shaw, Alec) (Entered: 10/04/2023)

Oct. 4, 2023

Oct. 4, 2023

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(Text-Only) CLERK'S NOTICE OF INITIAL CASE ASSIGNMENT. Case assigned to Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright per 3rd/4th Prisoner list, referred to Magistrate Judge David T. Schultz. Please use case number 23-cv-3075 (WMW/DTS).Notice: All Nongovernmental Corporate Parties must file a Rule 7.1 Corporate Disclosure Statement. (MMP) (Entered: 10/04/2023)

Oct. 4, 2023

Oct. 4, 2023

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Summons Issued as to John Doe, Andre Matevousian, Colette Peters, Michael Segal, Officers X and Y. (MMP) (Entered: 10/04/2023)

Oct. 4, 2023

Oct. 4, 2023

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(Text-Only): Notice re: Non-Admitted AttorneyWe have received documents listing Lena F. Masri, Gadeir Abbas, Kimberly Noe-Lehenbauer, Zanah Ghalawanji and Deborah M. Golden as counsel of record. If he or she wishes to be listed as an attorney of record in this case, he or she must be admitted to the bar of the U.S. District Court of Minnesota in accordance with Local Rule 83.5 (a), (b) and (c) or temporarily admitted pro hac vice in accordance with Local Rule 83.5 (d) or (e).For more admissions information and forms, please see the Attorney Forms Section of the courts website at www.mnd.uscourts.gov/forms/all-forms. (MMP) (Entered: 10/04/2023)

Oct. 4, 2023

Oct. 4, 2023

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ORDER. Signed by Magistrate Judge David T. Schultz on 10/6/2023. (TJB) (Entered: 10/06/2023)

Oct. 6, 2023

Oct. 6, 2023

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ORDER. Signed by Magistrate Judge David T. Schultz on 10/6/2023. (TJB) (Entered: 10/06/2023)

Oct. 6, 2023

Oct. 6, 2023

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Order on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice

Oct. 13, 2023

Oct. 13, 2023

PACER

Order on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice

Oct. 13, 2023

Oct. 13, 2023

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Order on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice AND Order on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice AND Order on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice AND Order on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice

Oct. 19, 2023

Oct. 19, 2023

PACER

Order on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice AND Order on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice AND Order on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice AND Order on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice

Oct. 19, 2023

Oct. 19, 2023

PACER

Order on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice of U.S. Government Attorney

Jan. 24, 2024

Jan. 24, 2024

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Order on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice of U.S. Government Attorney

Jan. 24, 2024

Jan. 24, 2024

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Order Setting Hearing on Motion/Petition

Jan. 29, 2024

Jan. 29, 2024

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Order Setting Hearing on Motion/Petition

Jan. 29, 2024

Jan. 29, 2024

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Order on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice of U.S. Government Attorney

Jan. 30, 2024

Jan. 30, 2024

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Order on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice of U.S. Government Attorney

Jan. 30, 2024

Jan. 30, 2024

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Order on Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply

Feb. 2, 2024

Feb. 2, 2024

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Order on Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply

Feb. 2, 2024

Feb. 2, 2024

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Order on Motion for Preliminary Injunction

Feb. 7, 2024

Feb. 7, 2024

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Order on Motion for Preliminary Injunction

Feb. 7, 2024

Feb. 7, 2024

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Order on Motion for Miscellaneous Relief

Feb. 15, 2024

Feb. 15, 2024

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Order on Motion for Miscellaneous Relief

Feb. 15, 2024

Feb. 15, 2024

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Order/Notice of Hearing/Deadlines (Setting/Resetting)

Feb. 21, 2024

Feb. 21, 2024

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Order/Notice of Hearing/Deadlines (Setting/Resetting)

Feb. 21, 2024

Feb. 21, 2024

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Order on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice of U.S. Government Attorney

Feb. 26, 2024

Feb. 26, 2024

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Order on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice of U.S. Government Attorney

Feb. 26, 2024

Feb. 26, 2024

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Order on Stipulation

March 8, 2024

March 8, 2024

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Order on Stipulation

March 8, 2024

March 8, 2024

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Order for Party to File Document/Respond to Court

March 11, 2024

March 11, 2024

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Order for Party to File Document/Respond to Court

March 11, 2024

March 11, 2024

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Order/Notice to Attorney

March 28, 2024

March 28, 2024

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Order/Notice to Attorney

March 28, 2024

March 28, 2024

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Case Details

State / Territory: Minnesota

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Speech and Religious Freedom

Key Dates

Filing Date: Oct. 4, 2023

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Muslim American woman who was incarcerated in Federal prison and forced to remove her hijab.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Federal Bureau of Prisons (- United States (national) -), Federal

Defendant Type(s):

Jurisdiction-wide

Corrections

Facility Type(s):

Government-run

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)

Ex Parte Young (Federal) or Bivens

Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201

Ex parte Young (federal or state officials)

Constitutional Clause(s):

Free Exercise Clause

Available Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: None Yet / None

Nature of Relief:

None yet

Source of Relief:

None yet

Issues

General/Misc.:

Religious programs / policies

Discrimination Basis:

Religion discrimination