LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge in Las Vegas has barred state prison officials from serving a new “common fare” menu to an Orthodox Jewish inmate who adheres to a kosher diet while serving a life sentence for kidnapping.

U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro also ordered the Department of Corrections to ask the other 292 prisoners who receive kosher meals whether they want to be included in injunction she issued on Friday.

She set a hearing for April 18 on whether to grant class-action status to the lawsuit filed by 51-year-old Howard Ackerman.

Prison officials say a new menu due out Feb. 21 will accommodate all diets regardless of religion. But Ackerman says they won’t meet all the requirements to be kosher and will violate his First Amendment rights.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,


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  1. greg says:

    He is a convicted felon serving life, his crime went against his religion, why do taxpayers have to foot the bill for his special religious diet.

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