U.S. Supreme Court rules for Muslim inmate over beard policy

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 20, 2015 10:09 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday ruled in favor of a Muslim prison inmate who challenged a regulation that prevented him from growing a beard.

The nine justices, on a 9-0 vote, said that the prison policy violated the religious rights of inmate Gregory Holt, who wants to grow a half-inch (1.3 cm) beard in accordance with his Muslim beliefs.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)