Muntaqim v. Lay

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The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Appellant's motion for preliminary injunction, holding that the circuit court correctly concluded that Appellant failed to demonstrate a likelihood of success on the merits. Appellant was an inmate of the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) and a professed member of the Nation of Islam (NOI). Appellant filed the underlying suit against numerous ADC officials, alleging violations of the First Amendment and the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. Appellant moved for a preliminary junction against ADC's publications policy as applied to NOI material and against ADC's religious services policy so that he may lead NOI services in prison. The circuit court denied Appellant's motion for preliminary injunction, determining that Appellant failed to show irreparable harm and failed to demonstrate a likelihood of success on the merits. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the circuit court did not exceed its discretion in deciding not to issue a preliminary injunction. View "Muntaqim v. Lay" on Justia Law