Welcome

Thank you for visiting paducahsun.com, the online home of The Paducah Sun.

Calendar
June 2012
S M T W T F S
27 28 29 30 31 01 02

Click here to submit an event.

Death row inmates inspire new look at inmate religious ceremonies lawsuit

BY BRETT BARROUQUERE Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - Three Kentucky death row inmates should get another chance to show they have the right to a sweat lodge, powwow and traditional foods to conduct Native American religious ceremonies behind bars at the prison, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ordered part of a lawsuit brought by six-time convicted killer Robert Foley, two-time convicted killer Roger Dale Epperson and Vincent Stopher, condemned for the death of a sheriff's deputy in Jefferson County, reinstated after concluding that state officials failed to show compelling reasons for denying the requests.

The appeals court also turned away a related bid by two condemned inmates to get monetary damages from prison officials for changing the rules on visits by pastors to those on death row.

U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell ruled in 2013 that the prison's rejection of the requests were necessary for the security of inmates and others.

The case put forth the questions of whether inmates should have access to Native American traditions for a faith-based once-a-year powwow and if they should be able to collect money damages from prison officials.

"The answers ... are yes and no," Judge Jeffrey Sutton wrote for the three-judge panel.

The inmates sued under the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

It prohibits state and local governments from placing a substantial burden on the religious exercise of inmates.

The simplest way to determine if and how Native American ceremonies could be held would be to look at how other states have dealt with the requests - something Kentucky did not do, Sutton wrote.

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Your comment has been submitted for approval
captcha 1ec4778030bc4599b6a360a7312cacbe
Top Classifieds
  • HAVANESE PUPS AKC Home Raised, Best H ... Details
  • Tiny Schnauzer Pups,Paper-trained 270 ... Details
  • Use Happy Jack Flea Powder to control ... Details
  • Adorable Yorkie Puppies. Tails & ... Details
  • PILLOW TOPmattress sets NEW in pl ... Details
  • SAWMILLS from only $4397.00 - MAKE &# ... Details
  • Downsizing Due To Health Museum Quali ... Details
  • RELOADER: 12 ga. HORNADY 3.0 halls, p ... Details
  • Details
  • MOVE IN ready mobile homes. Owner fin ... Details
  • 1 bdrm., c/a, c/h, $19,000 orMake o ... Details
  • FAIRHURST BUILDING Professional Offic ... Details
  • CONCORD AREA MCHS - 3 miles ... Details
  • 1/2 acre lot Terre Verte subdivision ... Details
  • 58 Acres of prime farm ground. On Cum ... Details
  • SEEING is believing! Don't b ... Details
  • WANTED TO BUY: Rough, Cut, Timberland ... Details
  • 2007 Taurus,92K mi, purchased in 2008 ... Details
  • Lincoln Cartier 99' 160,690 ... Details
  • '91 MERCEDES 560-SEL Classic ... Details
  • ’91 Mercedes 560-SEL Classi ... Details
  • 14' JON BOAT with electric s ... Details

Most Popular
  1. Former judge donates farm to benefit MSU
  2. Melissa and Paul Jones III
  3. Barbara Sue and Glenn Wilson
  1. Livingston native to retire after 23 years as Norton Healthcare CEO
  2. Three injured in collision
  3. Paul to be featured speaker at next Chamber breakfast
  1. Former judge donates farm to benefit MSU
  2. People & Business
  3. Livingston native to retire after 23 years as Norton Healthcare CEO
Discussion

Check out these recently discussed stories and voice your opinion...