UVA Law Professor Douglas Laycock to Argue for Inmate's Religious Beliefs in U.S. Supreme Court

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University of Virginia School of Law professor Douglas Laycock will argue another key religious liberty case at the Supreme Court this term.

September 29, 2014

Another Supreme Court term, another key religious liberty case argued by University of Virginia School of Law professor Douglas Laycock.

After arguing for citizens who objected to a town council's prayer practices last year and a religious employer in 2011, Laycock is arguing the case of a Muslim inmate who wants to wear a beard according to his religious convictions. Holt v. Hobbswill be argued on Oct. 7.

The justices will decide if an Arkansas correctional facility's refusal to let Gregory Holt wear a beard violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. Holt brought the petition against corrections director Ray Hobbs and related parties under the act.

Holt, aka Abdul Maalik Muhammad, is serving a life sentence for burglary and domestic battery. He claims a prison policy related to security concerns infringes upon his ability to practice his Muslim faith and wants to be able to wear a half-inch beard, Laycock said.

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