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January 2016 News

Ramadan Meals Case Revived by 7th Cir.

The Seventh Circuit revived a free exercise of religion case in which a Muslim inmate sued his jailers for interfering with his observance of Ramadan by withholding "special meals."

The circuit vacated the lower court's summary judgment in favor of the defendant. According to the court, making a prisoner choose between food and religion is a substantial burden on his free exercise.

Posner Shoots Down 'Bounty Hunter' Who Exposed Fraud for Money

This week, Judge Richard Posner authored a rather pithy and readable opinion in which his court affirmed a lower district court's dismissal of a relator's claim seeking a hefty reward for shining a light on a contractor's fraud.

Nice try, said Judge Posner. You can't collect a bounty for a target already in hand.