Smith v. Ozmint, No. 07-6558 - U.S. Fourth Circuit
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Smith v. Ozmint, No. 07-6558

In an action against prison administrators under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) for forcibly shaving plaintiff's head in violation of his religious beliefs, summary judgment for defendants is reversed in part where they failed to meet their burden to show that their policy of forcible grooming was the least restrictive means to further a compelling governmental interest.

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Appellate Information

Argued: May 14, 2009

Decided: July 31, 2009

Judges

Opinion by Judge Michael

Counsel

For Appellant:

Cecily Elizabeth Baskir, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC

Steven H. Goldblatt, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC

For Appellees:

Andrew Lindemann, Davidson & Lindemann, PA, Columbia, SC