United States Second Circuit

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Williams v. Annucci, 15‐1018

Reversed summary judgment and revived a state prison inmate's claims where the inmate sought accommodations under the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act for the dietary restrictions imposed by his Nazarite Jewish faith. In reversing summary judgment, the Second Circuit determined that the district court failed to appreciate the substantial showing that the government must make to justify burdening an individual plaintiff’s practice of a sincerely held religious belief in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Holt v. Hobbs, 135 S. Ct. 853 (2015).

Appellate Information

  • Argued
  • Submitted
  • Decided
  • Published 2018/07/10


  • Walker


  • United States Second Circuit


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