Recent Federal Appeals Roundup: Nuns, BBQs, Dungeons & Dragons
As I noted before, I’m traveling this week and won’t be updating but in the meantime, here are a few posts from recent months on federal appellate decisions with especially bizarre or colorful facts. A full digest of my recent posts on federal litigation around the country can be found here: https://prisonlaw.wordpress.com/category/litigation-watch-federal/
- The case of the strip-searched protesting nun: Ninth Circuit upholds San Francisco jail strip-search policy
- The case of the Louisiana prisoner sentenced to eight years of barbecuing chicken, waxing floors at the mayor’s church, and renting moon bounces for the police chief’s side business: Fifth Circuit says this is not ideal, but also not illegal
- The case of the Wisconsin prisoner who won’t be playing Dungeons & Dragons: Seventh Circuit upholds prison ban on the role-playing game and all related strategy guides, books, etc.
And, in perhaps this year’s most appalling prison lawsuit yet:
- The case of the nonexistent contraband cell phone: First Circuit allows lawsuit to proceed in case where Puerto Rico prisoner was forced to undergo exploratory abdominal surgery after approximately seven other search methods (dogs, X-rays, bowel movements…) failed to turn up the alleged contraband