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Judge Approves ACLU’s Request For Halal Meals, ‘Important Festivals’ For Islamic Michigan Prisoners

Muslims in Michigan prisons will be guaranteed meals that meet strict Islamic rules under a settlement a federal judge approved Monday.

The agreement ends years of litigation over the preparation of meals that are considered halal, or legal, under the Islamic faith. Earlier in the case, U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn also ordered the state to ensure Muslim prisoners can celebrate important festivals and attend services that could conflict with work or education classes...

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ACLU Shooed Away From Boston Bomber Hearing After Claiming He Is Being ‘Tortured’ Behind Bars

The American Civil Liberties Union has been shut out of weighing in on accused Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s claims of hardship behind bars at a hearing tomorrow to address whether the alleged terrorist deserves to be cut some slack while he awaits trial.

U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. also ordered a memorandum the ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts submitted in support of its position stricken from the public record, explaining in his decision, “While there may be no positive rule forbidding it, in my judgment a trial court presiding over a criminal prosecution should not receive or consider volunteered submissions by non-parties except as may be specifically authorized by statute ... or other authority.”...

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