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Muslim prisoner wins Supreme Court case to keep his beard
Muslim prisoner wins Supreme Court case to keep his beard

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously for a Muslim prisoner Tuesday, deciding he has a religious-freedom right to grow a half-inch beard. The justices said prison authorities in Arkansas had no convincing reason for contending that Gregory Holt's neatly trimmed beard would represent a danger. It is "almost preposterous to think that you could hide" a dangerous weapon in such a beard, a magistrate commented when the case was first heard. The Arkansas prison system's no-beard policy was unusual. The "vast majority" of states and federal prisons permit inmates to grow 1/2-inch beards for religious or other reasons, said Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. The...

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