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Old 11-14-2017, 09:06 PM
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Default Stuffed animals banned, litigation followed

https://www.law.com/newyorklawjourna...econd-circuit/

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit revived a Brooklyn prisonerís complaint that a jail policy forbidding inmates stuffed animals violated his religious rights.
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http://www.abajournal.com/news/artic...ue_religious_c


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A federal appeals court has ruled for a pro se inmate who claimed stuffed animals were necessary for the practice of his religion.
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They aren’t allowed at the prison where I work either... 1. Too easy to hide contraband in them. 2. They are used for masturbation, which prisons seem to think is a problem.

I’m guessing this guy won’t get too far... but good luck to him
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Makes sense.

Betcha you're right about the outcome too.
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Omg number 2 is just nasty! Lol I mean I guess with no other options but... still, yuck.

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They arenít allowed at the prison where I work either... 1. Too easy to hide contraband in them. 2. They are used for masturbation, which prisons seem to think is a problem.

Iím guessing this guy wonít get too far... but good luck to him
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This is just stupid. What a waste of money that could be used for legitimate issues.
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It's frivolous litigation such as these that take away from legitimate inmate/prison issues. Especially legitimate strides in working towards inmate religious rights. This is absolutely ridiculous. I'm ALL for religious freedom, being a Norse pagan I understand the struggle in having to fight for your rights and freedoms...but claiming that you have to have stuffed animals...seriously...That would be like me claiming that I NEEDED a real sword for ceremony.

Children can't take stuffed animals to visit either for the same reasons. Man...I should have sued because my daughter not being able to bring her lovie took away from our visiting pleasure.
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Frivolous inmate lawsuits were the justification used by Congress to pass the law that blocks prisoners from filing their case in federal court, even for legitimate issues, until "all administrative remedies have been exhausted". Naturally that allows the bop to delay the administrative remedies process for years, which blocks everyone's access to the US court system indefinitely.
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Frivolous inmate lawsuits were the justification used by Congress to pass the law that blocks prisoners from filing their case in federal court, even for legitimate issues, until "all administrative remedies have been exhausted". Naturally that allows the bop to delay the administrative remedies process for years, which blocks everyone's access to the US court system indefinitely.
Yes....like this inmate:
https://www.wthr.com/article/state-f...soner-lawsuits
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Higgason wants pornographic magazines in his jail cell, and he sued the state to try to get them. His lawsuit says prison officials violated Higgason's constitutional rights when they denied him access to pornography, "causing him pain, suffering, humiliation, mental anguish, emotional distress and financial loss." Higgason claims he has a legal right to porn in prison.

"The law would disagree with that," said Ann Smith Mischler, the Sullivan County magistrate who eventually dismissed Higgason's lawsuit - but not before the attorney general's office fought a long court battle.

"Even though we successfully defended that, he appealed. He lost on appeal. He continued to file the same lawsuit over and over and over again," said Patricia Erdmann, deputy attorney general.

That's not the only lawsuit James Higgason has filed against the state. In fact, the attorney general's office has boxes full of Higgason lawsuits. There are stacks of them - all together, 114 lawsuits filed by just one inmate in the past eight years.

Higgason sued for the right to be naked in his jail cellm and he filed another lawsuit against 153 people including every member of the state legislature.
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In his 328th attempt at suing someone in federal court, state prison inmate Dale Maisano is demanding $1 trillion from the state of Arizona and others for a belly ache he claims was caused by eating prison food.
In a related lawsuit, he's seeking $10 trillion because he claims he got his food late two days in a row, and now he says he has "an eating disorder, etc."

These are the things that make it SOOOOO hard to make real change on issues that NEED attention.
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