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Arkansas inmate says religious rights were violated

(Source: Raycom Media) (Source: Raycom Media)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Supreme Court has sent a religious freedom case back to Jefferson County.

The Pine Bluff Commercial (http://bit.ly/2mAHf5p ) reports the Arkansas Supreme Court denied an inmate's motion for a summary judgment, sending the case back to Jefferson County District Judge Jodi Raines Dennis to hold a hearing on the matter.

Malik Muntaqim says he was denied religious literature essential to practicing his Islamic faith.

In 2015, the 46-year-old filed a complaint against 22 Department of Correction employees alleging that they violated his rights for not allowing him access to the Nation of Islam materials.

In July, Dennis denied a motion Muntaqim filed for a summary judgment and a preliminary injunction without holding a hearing.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Shawn Womack says not holding a hearing was an abuse of the court's discretion.

Information from: Pine Bluff Commercial, http://www.pbcommercial.com

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