This Week in History

On June 9, 1987, the United States Supreme Court decided O’Lone v. Estate of Shabazz. Muslim inmates sued the Administrator of the Leesburg State Prison claiming prison policies impinged on their First Amendment rights. Prisoners assigned to work off-site weren’t permitted to return to the prison to attend a religious service known as Jumu’ah. In a 5:4 decision the Justices found in favor of the Prison Administrator, O’Lone.

William Hubbs Rehnquist

William Hubbs Rehnquist

Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote– “While we in no way minimize the central importance of Jumu’ah to [the inmates], we are unwilling to hold that prison officials are required by the Constitution to sacrifice legitimate penological objectives to that end.” Listen to the attorneys argue this case before the Court at

About Tina Nelson
Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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