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Case Name Young v. Newton JC-VA-0017
Docket / Court 1:18-cv-00851 ( E.D. Va. )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Speech and Religious Freedom
Attorney Organization Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Case Summary
This lawsuit was brought by four Muslim inmates incarcerated at Virginia’s Riverside Regional Jail, alleging that they had suffered religious discrimination by jail officials. According to the complaint, the jail had funded and proactively provided extensive opportunities and dedicated spaces ... read more >
This lawsuit was brought by four Muslim inmates incarcerated at Virginia’s Riverside Regional Jail, alleging that they had suffered religious discrimination by jail officials. According to the complaint, the jail had funded and proactively provided extensive opportunities and dedicated spaces for Christian religious instruction and worship, but had not allowed Muslim inmates to accept even donated religious materials or to attend religious classes taught by Muslim volunteers. Further, the jail had denied Muslim inmates adequate nutrition during the month of Ramadan. Finally, jail officials had created arbitrary religiosity tests which inmates must satisfy before qualifying to receive meals which satisfied their religious dietary requirements.

One of the four plaintiffs originally filed the suit pro se on July 9, 2018, naming 23 jail officials as defendants. He filed an amended complaint on November 21, 2018; represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations this time, he named three similarly-situated inmates as co-plaintiffs. The plaintiffs alleged that the jail had violated their rights under the First, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution; the Virginia Constitution; 42 U.S.C. §1983; and 42 U.S.C. §§2000cc et seq. They sought declaratory and injunctive relief, compensatory and punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs. Filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the case was assigned to Judge Anthony J. Trenga.

On September 23, 2019, the October 7 jury trial was postponed until the court could rule on multiple defendants’ motions for summary judgment. As of June 18, 2020, those motions are pending.

Gregory Marsh - 06/18/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Due Process: Substantive Due Process
Establishment Clause
Free Exercise Clause
Defendant-type
Corrections
Discrimination-basis
Religion discrimination
General
Conditions of confinement
Disparate Treatment
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Ex parte Young (federal or state officials)
Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)
State law
Defendant(s) Riverside Regional Jail
Plaintiff Description Four Muslim inmates at a Virginia jail who experienced religious discrimination by jail officials.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se Yes
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 07/09/2018
Case Ongoing Yes
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Docket(s)
1:18-cv-851 (E.D. Va.)
JC-VA-0017-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/19/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
JC-VA-0017-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/09/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint [ECF# 5]
JC-VA-0017-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/03/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint [ECF# 10]
JC-VA-0017-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/21/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Trenga, Anthony John (E.D. Va.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Abbas, Gadeir Ibrahim (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Homer, Carolyn M. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
JC-VA-0017-0003
Masri, Lena Fatina (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Sadowsky, Justin Mark (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Creed, Timothy Lee (Virginia) show/hide docs
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Fox, Sherry Ann (Virginia) show/hide docs
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Kane, Deborah Elizabeth (Iowa) show/hide docs
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York, Melissa Yvonne (Virginia) show/hide docs
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