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Knight v. Thompson

Knight v. Thompson

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Published by Howard Friedman
Cert. petition
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Published by: Howard Friedman on Feb 07, 2014
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N
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N THE
 
Supreme Court of the United States
B
ILLY
“T
WO
F
EATHERS
 
J
ONES
,
ET AL
.,
 Petitioners
,
v.
L
ESLIE
T
HOMPSON
,
 ET AL
.,
Respondents.
ON PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO
 
THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
 
FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT
 
PETITION FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI
J
ONATHAN
M
 ASSEY 
,
 
P.C. M
 ARK
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 ABEL
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&
 
G
 AIL
LLP
Counsel of Record
 1325 G St., N.W. S
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 AW
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L.L.C. Suite 500 P.O. Box 231348 Washington, DC 20005 Montgomery, AL 36123 (202) 652-4511 (334) 546-2161  jmassey@masseygail.com MkSabel@mindspring.com E
RIC
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CHNAPPER
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ETER
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NIVERSITY OF
W
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C
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P.C. P.O. Box 353020 1901 Sixth Avenue North Seattle, WA 98195 2400 Regions Harbert Plaza (206) 616-3167 Birmingham, AL 35203 schnapp@uw.edu (205) 254-1068 pfruin@maynardcooper.com
Dated: February 6, 2014  —
 Additional counsel listed on inside cover
 —
BATEMAN
&
 SLADE
,
 INC
.
BATEMAN
&
 SLADE
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 INC
.
 
 
R
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M
 ARSHALL
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MERICAN
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U
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207 Montgomery Street Suite 910 Montgomery, AL 36104 (334) 265-2754 R
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H
 ABER
 570 East 40th Street Eugene, OR 97405 (541) 485-6418
 
 
i
QUESTION PRESENTED
Section 3 of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (“RLUIPA”) prohibits state and local governments from imposing “a substantial burden on the religious exercise of a person residing in or confined to an institution . . . unless the government demonstrates that imposition of the burden on that person”: (1) “is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest,” and (2) “is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.” 42 U.S.C. § 2000cc-1(a). The Question Presented is: Whether RLUIPA requires that prison officials actually consider and demonstrate a sufficient basis for rejecting widely accepted accommodations to traditional religious practices as part of their burden of proving that they have chosen the “least restrictive means” of furthering their asserted governmental interests.

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