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Muslim Prisoners Denied New Damages Trial Over Ramadan Meals

July 15, 2019, 8:07 PM

Four Muslim prisoners in Michigan’s correctional system won’t get a new trial to seek an increase in damages from a $900 jury award for the prison system’s failure to alter their meal apportionments during Ramadan.

The jury’s award of $150 for each Ramadan the prison officials disrupted wasn’t unreasonable, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said July 15.

Unlike economic injuries, spiritual injuries are hard to quantify, the court said.

The trial court didn’t improperly require that the prisoners present medical records and psychological evaluations to show a diminished spiritual experience, the court said.

The court merely...

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