Case: Weir v. Nix

4:91-cv-30463 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa

Filed Date: Aug. 5, 1991

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Case Summary

On August 5, 1991, a fundamentalist Christian inmate incarcerated in the Iowa State Penitentiary, in Fort Madison, Iowa, filed a lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act against prison authorities in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. The prisoner alleged that various prison policies infringed on his religious freedom. Specifically, he complained that the prison only employed a Protestant pastor, offered just three hours o…

On August 5, 1991, a fundamentalist Christian inmate incarcerated in the Iowa State Penitentiary, in Fort Madison, Iowa, filed a lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act against prison authorities in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. The prisoner alleged that various prison policies infringed on his religious freedom. Specifically, he complained that the prison only employed a Protestant pastor, offered just three hours of group worship each week, prohibited inmates in protective custody from attending Sunday worship, forbid inmates from bringing a Bible into the exercise yard, limited in-cell books and magazines in number, lacked a baptismal font, and prohibited inmates from receiving certain fundamentalist Christian pamphlets.

After trial, the District Court (Magistrate Judge Ross A. Walters) found for the defendants on most issues, but ruled that the inmate should have been allowed to participate in a baptismal ceremony and to receive certain religious publications. Weir v. Nix, 890 F. Supp. 769 (S.D. Iowa 1995). Both parties appealed, but the defendants voluntarily withdrew their appeal when the plaintiff was transferred to another prison. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (Judge David R. Hansen) upheld the lower court's ruling, reasoning that the prison's religious programs did not substantially burden the inmate's exercise of his rights. Weir v. Nix, 114 F.3d 817 (8th Cir. 1997). The court affirmed the district court's ruling.

On June 14, 2000, the court ordered the plaintiff be reimbursed for litigation expenses.

Summary Authors

Rebekah Henn Sullivan (8/11/2005)

People


Judge(s)

Arnold, Richard Sheppard (Arkansas)

Hansen, David Rasmussen (Iowa)

Walters, Ross A. (Iowa)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Ellsworth, Brian G. (Iowa)

Ingram, Patrick E. (Iowa)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Ensign, Kristin W. (Iowa)

Judge(s)

Arnold, Richard Sheppard (Arkansas)

Hansen, David Rasmussen (Iowa)

Walters, Ross A. (Iowa)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Ellsworth, Brian G. (Iowa)

Ingram, Patrick E. (Iowa)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Ensign, Kristin W. (Iowa)

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Document

4:91-cv-30463

Docket (PACER)

June 14, 2000

June 14, 2000

Docket
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4:91-cv-30463

Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order for Judgment

890 F.Supp. 769, 1995 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 13412

May 25, 1995

May 25, 1995

Order/Opinion

95-02708

95-02865

Reported Opinion

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

114 F.3d 817, 1997 U.S.App.LEXIS 13712

June 11, 1997

June 11, 1997

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

Last updated June 7, 2022, 3:17 a.m.

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79

ORDER ON EXPENSES by Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer granting motion for disbursement of out of pocket expenses before Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer [78-1] (cc: all counsel) (dv) (Entered: 06/14/2000)

June 14, 2000

June 14, 2000

78

MOTION FOR REIMBURSEMENT OFOUT OF POCKET EXPENSES by plaintiff Milton Weir for disbursement of out of pocket expenses before Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer (dv) (Entered: 05/16/2000)

May 16, 2000

May 16, 2000

REMARK-Exhibits located in brown expand file with the original file in the Closed '97 area. (pmb) (Entered: 07/08/1997)

July 8, 1997

July 8, 1997

EXHIBIT WITHDRAWAL LETTER: mailed to KRISTIN W ENSIGN for defendant Crispus Nix (pmb) (Entered: 07/08/1997)

July 8, 1997

July 8, 1997

77

CERTIFIED COPY of judgment from USCA affirming the decision of the District Court [65-1], affirming the decision of the District Court [62- 1] (cc: all counsel) (pmb) (Entered: 07/08/1997)

July 8, 1997

July 8, 1997

CERTIFIED COPY of judgment from USCA affirming the decision of the District Court [65-1] (cc: all counsel) (pmb) (Entered: 07/08/1997)

July 8, 1997

July 8, 1997

CERTIFIED COPY of judgment from USCA affirming the decision of the District Court [62-1] (cc: all counsel) (pmb) (Entered: 07/08/1997)

July 8, 1997

July 8, 1997

76

COPY of Appellate Court Order: Entered 06/11/97 Affirm Judgment of District Court No.95-2708 and dismiss cross appealno. 95-2865. (don) (Entered: 06/16/1997)

June 16, 1997

June 16, 1997

75

TRANSCRIPT filed of Proceedings of Trial per order from the 8th circuit. (sm) (Entered: 02/28/1996)

Feb. 28, 1996

Feb. 28, 1996

73

TRANSCRIPT DESIGNATION and Ordering Form for dates: 12/13/94 [62-1] (gk) (Entered: 09/20/1995)

Sept. 20, 1995

Sept. 20, 1995

72

ORDER by Magistrate Judge Ross A. Walters denying in part and granting in part motion to stay pending appeal [69-1] (cc: all counsel) (gk) (Entered: 08/17/1995)

Aug. 16, 1995

Aug. 16, 1995

71

RESISTANCE (personaly filed to supplement any filings by his attorney) by plaintiff Milton Weir to motion to stay pending appeal before Magistrate Judge Ross A. Walters [69-1] (gk) (Entered: 08/07/1995)

Aug. 3, 1995

Aug. 3, 1995

70

MEMORANDUM by defendant in support [69-1] of motion to stay pending appeal before Magistrate Judge Ross A. Walters (gk) (Entered: 07/26/1995)

July 26, 1995

July 26, 1995

69

MOTION by defendant to stay pending appeal before Magistrate Judge Ross A. Walters (gk) (Entered: 07/26/1995)

July 26, 1995

July 26, 1995

68

NOTIFICATION by Circuit Court of Appellate Docket Number [65-1] 95-2865SIDM (gk) (Entered: 07/26/1995)

July 26, 1995

July 26, 1995

RECEIVED [65-1] re appeal fee in amount of $ 105.00 ( Receipt # 044692) (gk) (Entered: 07/21/1995)

July 20, 1995

July 20, 1995

67

ORDER by Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer granting motion to extend time to request fees to 9/1/95 [66-1] (cc: all counsel) (gk) (Entered: 07/20/1995)

July 20, 1995

July 20, 1995

66

MOTION by plaintiff to extend time to request fees before Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer (gk) (Entered: 07/12/1995)

July 12, 1995

July 12, 1995

65

NOTICE OF APPEAL by defendant Crispus Nix, defendant Mary Piper, defendant James Helling from Dist. Court decision [58-2], [63-1] cc: all counsel (gk) (Entered: 07/11/1995)

July 11, 1995

July 11, 1995

64

NOTIFICATION by Circuit Court of Appellate Docket Number [62-1] 95-2708SIDM (gk) (Entered: 07/10/1995)

July 10, 1995

July 10, 1995

63

ORDER by Magistrate Judge Ross A. Walters granting in part motion to amend or alter Judgment [60-1] (cc: all counsel) (gk) (Entered: 06/28/1995)

June 28, 1995

June 28, 1995

62

NOTICE OF APPEAL by plaintiff Milton Weir from Dist. Court decision [58-2] cc: all counsel (gk) (Entered: 06/08/1995)

June 8, 1995

June 8, 1995

61

MEMORANDUM by defendant in support [60-1] of motion to amend or alter Judgment before Magistrate Judge Ross A. Walters (gk) (Entered: 06/08/1995)

June 8, 1995

June 8, 1995

60

MOTION by defendant to amend or alter Judgment before Magistrate Judge Ross A. Walters (gk) (Entered: 06/08/1995)

June 8, 1995

June 8, 1995

59

JUDGMENT: signed by RH re [58-2] order: - It is hereby ordered, adjudged and Decreed that the current practive with respect to the baptism of fundamentalist Christians in protective custody at ISP, wherein inmates in attendance are not afforded and opportunity to witness the immersion portion of the ceremony, is a denial of Pla' Weir's right to exercise his religion as guaranteed to pla by the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and the Religious Freedon Restoration Act; It is Further Ordered and Adjudged and Decreed that dft's are hereby enjoined from denying pla an opportunity to witness the immersion portion of the baptismal ceremony involving fundamentalist Christians in protective custody; It is Further Ordered and Adjudged and Decreed that dft's are enjoined from denying pla Weir the Chick Publications described in the Court's findings and said defendants shall initiate appropriate action to ensure that the approved publication list is amended to allow the publications described; It is Further Ordered and Adjudged and Decreed that in all other respects judgment is entered in favor of the def's and against the plaintiff and the Complaint is dismissed. (cc: all counsel) OJ 234-66 (gk) (Entered: 05/30/1995)

May 25, 1995

May 25, 1995

58

FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW AND ORDER FOR JUDGMENT: by Magistrate Judge Ross A. Walters dismissing case (cc: all counsel) OJ 234-65 (gk) (Entered: 05/30/1995)

May 25, 1995

May 25, 1995

57

LETTER to court "COMPLAINT ABOUT HIS OWN ATTORNEY" from plaintiff Milton Weir (gk) (Entered: 01/11/1995)

Jan. 10, 1995

Jan. 10, 1995

56

ORDER by Magistrate Judge Ross A. Walters The court has received a communication from pla about pla's cnsl. That communication is ordered filed and copies shall be sent to cnsl (cc: all counsel) (gk) (Entered: 01/11/1995)

Jan. 10, 1995

Jan. 10, 1995

55

POST-TRIAL briefs submitted by defendant (gk) (Entered: 01/09/1995)

Jan. 9, 1995

Jan. 9, 1995

54

POST TRIAL briefs submitted by plaintiff Milton Weir (gk) (Entered: 12/28/1994)

Dec. 21, 1994

Dec. 21, 1994

53

CLERK'S COURT MINUTES: courtroom clerk: SH, Law Clerk; court reporter: Cheryl Liles; trial begin 12/13/94 , trial end 12/13/94 (gk) (Entered: 12/16/1994)

Dec. 16, 1994

Dec. 16, 1994

52

CONSENT TO PROCEED BEFORE U.S. MAGISTRATE AND ORDER OF REFERENCE By order of Harold D. Vietor, Judge to Magistrate Judge Ross A. Walters for all further proceedings (cc: counsel) (gk) (Entered: 12/15/1994)

Dec. 15, 1994

Dec. 15, 1994

51

ORDER by Magistrate Judge Ross A. Walters final pretrial conf. held 12/6/94 , ; Trial set for 12/13/94 @ 9:00 (cc: all counsel) (gk) (Entered: 12/07/1994)

Dec. 6, 1994

Dec. 6, 1994

49

PROPOSED Proposed Pretrial Report submitted by defendant, plaintiff (gk) (Entered: 12/06/1994)

Dec. 5, 1994

Dec. 5, 1994

48

ORDER by Magistrate Judge Ross A. Walters ; Final pretrial cnf (MAG) rescheduled ; final pretrial conf set for 12/5/94 @ 3:30 (cc: all counsel) (gk) (Entered: 11/30/1994)

Nov. 30, 1994

Nov. 30, 1994

47

ORDER by Magistrate Judge Ross A. Walters ; Final pretrial cnf (MAG) set for 12/6/94 @ 11:30 (cc: all counsel) (gk) Modified on 11/22/1994 (Entered: 11/22/1994)

Nov. 22, 1994

Nov. 22, 1994

46

ANSWER by defendant Mary Piper, defendant James Helling, defendant Crispus Nix complaint [6-1], complaint [3-1] (sm) (Entered: 06/30/1994)

June 30, 1994

June 30, 1994

45

AMENDMENT TO COMPLAINT by plaintiff Milton Weir to [6-1] to complaint, [3-1] to complaint, [2-1] to complaint (sm) (Entered: 06/28/1994)

June 23, 1994

June 23, 1994

44

ORDER by Magistrate Judge Mark W. Bennett granting motion to amend complaint [40-1] (cc: all counsel) (sm) (Entered: 06/23/1994)

June 23, 1994

June 23, 1994

43

CONSENT TO PROCEED BEFORE U.S. MAGISTRATE AND ORDER OF REFERENCE By order of Honorable Harold D. Vietor to Magistrate Judge Mark W. Bennett for all further proceedings (cc: counsel) (cl) (Entered: 05/19/1994)

May 18, 1994

May 18, 1994

42

RESISTANCE by defendants to motion to amend complaint before Magistrate Judge Mark W. Bennett [40-1] (lc) (Entered: 05/18/1994)

May 17, 1994

May 17, 1994

41

STIPULATED WITHDRAWAL OF JURY DEMAND (cl) (Entered: 05/17/1994)

May 13, 1994

May 13, 1994

40

MOTION by plaintiff Milton Weir to amend complaint before Magistrate Judge Mark W. Bennett (cl) (Entered: 05/10/1994)

May 9, 1994

May 9, 1994

39

ORDER by Magistrate Celeste F. Bremer granting motion to take depositions at court expense [38-1] . Pltf is authorized to take but not transcribe the deposition of Vanderkrol (cc: all counsel) (cl) (Entered: 06/28/1993)

June 25, 1993

June 25, 1993

38

MOTION by plaintiff Milton Weir to take depositions at court expense before Magistrate Mark W. Bennett (cl) (Entered: 06/16/1993)

June 15, 1993

June 15, 1993

37

ORDER by Honorable Harold D. Vietor Case referred to Magistrate Mark W. Bennett for R&R (cc: all counsel) (cl) (Entered: 06/03/1993)

June 2, 1993

June 2, 1993

36

REPORT TO THE COURT (STATUS REPORT) by plaintiff Milton Weir (cl) (Entered: 04/08/1993)

April 6, 1993

April 6, 1993

35

ORDER by Honorable Harold D. Vietor : Defs' m/sj granted as to pltf's claim against def Mary Piper arising out of the 1987 denial of mail. That claim is dismissed with prejudice. Defs' m/sj on pltf's other claims, and pltf's cross-motion for sj are denied. Parties shall file on or before 4/5/93, statements re whether they waive jury trial. [23-1] [15-1] (cc: all counsel) (cl) (Entered: 04/05/1993)

March 30, 1993

March 30, 1993

34

MEMORANDUM by plaintiff Milton Weir in support of motion for summary judgment before Honorable Harold D. Vietor [23-1] ***PART 2 OF DOCUMENT #34*** (cl) (Entered: 11/16/1992)

Nov. 13, 1992

Nov. 13, 1992

34

MEMORANDUM by plaintiff Milton Weir in opposition motion for summary judgment before Honorable Harold D. Vietor [15-1] ***PART 1 OF DOCUMENT #34*** (cl) (Entered: 11/16/1992)

Nov. 13, 1992

Nov. 13, 1992

33

ORDER by Magistrate Celeste F. Bremer granting motion to withdraw [28-1] attorney BRIAN G ELLSWORTH for Milton Weir (cc: all counsel) (lc) (Entered: 08/27/1992)

Aug. 27, 1992

Aug. 27, 1992

32

MEMORANDUM by defendant in support of resis to m/sj [30-1] (lc) (Entered: 08/17/1992)

Aug. 17, 1992

Aug. 17, 1992

31

STATEMENT of Material Facts of Which There is No Dispute and in Resis to M/SJ by defendants in support of motion response [30-1] (lc) (Entered: 08/17/1992)

Aug. 17, 1992

Aug. 17, 1992

30

RESISTANCE by defendants Mary Piper, James Helling, Crispus Nix re: motion for summary judgment before Honorable Harold D. Vietor [23-1] (lc) (Entered: 08/17/1992)

Aug. 17, 1992

Aug. 17, 1992

29

MOTION by defendant to extend time to respond to pltf's m/sj and ORDER by JRR, Clk granting motion [29-1] & ext time until 8/17/92 (cc: all counsel) (lc) (Entered: 08/05/1992)

Aug. 5, 1992

Aug. 5, 1992

28

MOTION by plaintiff Milton Weir to withdraw attorney Ellsworth before Magistrate Celeste F. Bremer (lc) (Entered: 08/04/1992)

Aug. 4, 1992

Aug. 4, 1992

27

MEMORANDUM by plaintiff Milton Weir in support of motion for summary judgment before Honorable Harold D. Vietor [23-1], of resis to m/sj [23-1] (lc) (Entered: 08/03/1992)

Aug. 3, 1992

Aug. 3, 1992

26

SUPPLEMENT by plaintiff Milton Weir re motion for summary judgment before Honorable Harold D. Vietor [23-1], re resis to m/sj [23- 1] (lc) (Entered: 08/03/1992)

Aug. 3, 1992

Aug. 3, 1992

25

ORDER Regarding Filing by Magistrate Mark W. Bennett: Memo in resis to def's m/sj & in support of pltf's m/sj defective - no SUBJECT MATTER table of contents; Clk to return document to party who submitted it for filing (cc: all counsel, memo ret'd to atty Ingram) (lc) (Entered: 07/29/1992)

July 28, 1992

July 28, 1992

REMARK: Memo in Resis to Def's M/SJ & in Support of Pltf's M/SJ sent to MWB w/form order - does not have SUBJECT MATTER table of contents (lc) (Entered: 07/27/1992)

July 27, 1992

July 27, 1992

24

STATEMENT by plaintiff Milton Weir in support of motion for summary judgment before Honorable Harold D. Vietor [23-1], in support of motion response [23-1] (lc) (Entered: 07/27/1992)

July 27, 1992

July 27, 1992

23

MOTION by plaintiff Milton Weir for summary judgment before Honorable Harold D. Vietor (Part 2 of 2 for entry #23) (lc) (Entered: 07/27/1992)

July 27, 1992

July 27, 1992

23

RESISTANCE by plaintiff Milton Weir re: motion for summary judgment before Honorable Harold D. Vietor [15-1] (Part 1 of 2 for this entry) (lc) (Entered: 07/27/1992)

July 27, 1992

July 27, 1992

22

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for plaintiff Milton Weir by Patrick E. Ingram (cl) (Entered: 07/22/1992)

July 21, 1992

July 21, 1992

21

MOTION by plaintiff Milton Weir to extend time to respond to defs' m/sj and ORDER by JRR, Clk granting motion [21-1] & ext time an addl 30 days (cc: all counsel) (lc) (Entered: 06/29/1992)

June 29, 1992

June 29, 1992

20

MEMORANDUM by defendant Mary Piper, defendant James Helling, defendant Crispus Nix in support of motion for summary judgment before Honorable Harold D. Vietor [15-1] (sm) (Entered: 06/17/1992)

June 10, 1992

June 10, 1992

19

AFFIDAVIT of Reverend Delwin Vande Krol regarding motion for summary judgment before Honorable Harold D. Vietor [15-1] (sm) (Entered: 06/11/1992)

June 10, 1992

June 10, 1992

18

AFFIDAVIT of Mary Piper regarding motion for summary judgment before Honorable Harold D. Vietor [15-1] (sm) (Entered: 06/11/1992)

June 10, 1992

June 10, 1992

17

AFFIDAVIT of James G. Helling regarding motion for summary judgment before Honorable Harold D. Vietor [15-1] (sm) (Entered: 06/11/1992)

June 10, 1992

June 10, 1992

16

STATEMENT of Material Facts by defendant Mary Piper, defendant Crispus Nix (sm) (Entered: 06/11/1992)

June 10, 1992

June 10, 1992

15

MOTION by defendant Mary Piper, defendant Crispus Nix, defendant James G. Helling for summary judgment before Honorable Harold D. Vietor (sm) Modified on 06/11/1992 (Entered: 06/11/1992)

June 10, 1992

June 10, 1992

14

ORDER by JRR, Clk ; Dispositive Motion ddl set for 6/10/92 (cc: all counsel) (lc) (Entered: 05/07/1992)

May 7, 1992

May 7, 1992

13

ANSWER to Amended and Substituted Complaint by defendants Crispus Nix, James Helling, and Mary Piper re: complaint [6-1] (lc) (Entered: 01/03/1992)

Jan. 3, 1992

Jan. 3, 1992

12

MOTION by defendants Crispus Nix, James Helling, Mary Piper to extend time to answer and ORDER by JRR, Clk granting motion [12-1] & ext time to & incl 1/3/92 to respond to complaint (cc: all counsel) (lc) (Entered: 12/31/1991)

Dec. 30, 1991

Dec. 30, 1991

11

ORDER by Chief Judge Harold D. Vietor denying motion for more definite statement [8-1] (cc: all counsel) (lc) (Entered: 12/20/1991)

Dec. 20, 1991

Dec. 20, 1991

8

MOTION by defendant Crispus Nix, defendant James Helling, defendant Mary Piper for more definite statement before Chief Judge Harold D. Vietor (lc) (Entered: 11/26/1991)

Nov. 26, 1991

Nov. 26, 1991

SUMMONS issued as to defendant Crispus Nix, defendant James Helling, defendant Mary Piper & mailed to pltf's atty w/order fld this date (lc) (Entered: 10/31/1991)

Oct. 31, 1991

Oct. 31, 1991

7

Further Initial Review ORDERs by Chief Judge Harold D. Vietor: claims agst all 3 defs allowed to proceed; pltf's apptd counsel shall arrange for service of process upon defs (cc: all counsel) (lc) (Entered: 10/31/1991)

Oct. 31, 1991

Oct. 31, 1991

6

AMENDED COMPLAINT [3-1], [2-1] by plaintiff Milton Weir terminating defendant Unknown Employees, defendant Jane Doe, defendant John Doe, defendant Gerald Hoenig, defendant Midthune, defendant Del Vanderkrol, defendant Scott Stevens, defendant George Fenn, defendant David Babcock, defendant Donald Aschbrener, defendant Robert Krieger, defendant Mike Cutler, defendant Rick Larkin, defendant Gary Peitz, defendant Neil Boeding, defendant Richard Barry, defendant Richard Barlow, defendant Richard McColloch, defendant Patti Wachtendorf, defendant Roger Lawson, defendant Martin Rung, defendant Stephen R Korb, defendant Robert L Washington, defendant Donald Lynch, defendant C Heald, defendant Paul Hedgepeth, defendant John C Henry, defendant Ronald Welder, defendant Fred Scaletta, reinstating def Helling as defendant (lc) (Entered: 10/16/1991)

Oct. 16, 1991

Oct. 16, 1991

5

MOTION by plaintiff Milton Weir to extend time to file amended and substituted complaint and ORDER by JRR, Clk granting motion [5-1] & ext time until 10/16/91 (cc: all counsel) (lc) (Entered: 09/18/1991)

Sept. 18, 1991

Sept. 18, 1991

4

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for plaintiff Milton Weir by Brian Ellsworth (lc) (Entered: 08/16/1991)

Aug. 16, 1991

Aug. 16, 1991

3

AMENDED COMPLAINT [2-1] by plaintiff Milton Weir (cc: pltf) (lc) (Entered: 08/05/1991)

Aug. 5, 1991

Aug. 5, 1991

2

COMPLAINT (cc: pltf (lc) (Entered: 08/05/1991)

Aug. 5, 1991

Aug. 5, 1991

1

ORDER by Chief Judge Harold D. Vietor dismissing party Karl Kemp, party Larry Linton, party Leonard Blackwell, party Nissan, party Wallace McNeil, party Donald Vold, party Jack Paschel, party Harold McCormick, party Michael Mahaffey, party Billie Lloyd, party Mildred Elliott, party Gary Baugher, party Steve Davis , and dismissing party John Emmett, party James Helling, party B Marie Brady, party Kenneth Wittry, party Debbie Nichols, party Charles W Lee, party Clarence Keys , dismissing party Paul Grossheim, party Terry E Branstad; claim contained in amendment rec'd 7/1/91 dismissed w/o prejudice (cc: all counsel, 198-OJ-51, copy of file to Clk for atty) (lc) (Entered: 08/05/1991)

Aug. 5, 1991

Aug. 5, 1991

Case Details

State / Territory: Iowa

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 5, 1991

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Fundamentalist Christian inmate in protective custody sued state prison officials for violations of Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Iowa State Penitentiary (Fort Madison, Iowa), State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

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

Constitutional Clause(s):

Free Exercise Clause

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Mixed

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Order Duration: 1995 - 0

Issues

General:

Protective custody

Religious programs / policies

Type of Facility:

Government-run