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Supreme Court protects right of Muslim prisoner to grow a short beard

In Holt v. Hobbs, No. 13-6827 (January 20, 2015), the Supreme Court held unanimously that a state prisoner had the statutory right under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) to grow a 1/2 inch beard in accordance with … Continue reading

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Hobby Lobby: A Critical But Limited Ruling For Corporate Religious Exercise Claims

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., No. 13-354 (June 30, 2014), the Supreme Court ruled, by a 5 to 4 margin, that three closely-held corporations did not have to comply with a mandate promulgated by the Department of Health and Human … Continue reading

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Hobby Lobby in the Supreme Court: A Possible Compromise Ruling on the HHS Mandate

The Supreme Court heard oral argument today in two cases which raise the question whether corporations have a protected right under either the First Amendment Free Exercise Clause or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to refuse to provide insurance … Continue reading

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Corporate Challenges to the HHS Mandate: An Analysis of the RFRA Issues

In a July 2012 post, I predicted how and why the Catholic institutions which had challenged the Mandate imposed on employers by the Department of Health and Human Services  to provide insurance covering certain contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs free of charge to their employeees … Continue reading

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