Posted: Aug 30, 2011 5:14 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The state of Louisiana is asking a federal appeals court to rule that the state's prisons can ban inmates from receiving copies of The Final Call newspaper published by the Nation of Islam.
The state wants the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a judge's ruling that the David Wade Correctional Center must deliver copies of the newspaper to Henry Leonard, a convicted murderer who claimed the Homer prison violated his right to free exercise of religion. A three-judge panel is scheduled to hear the case Tuesday.
Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's office says the newspaper contains racist rhetoric that poses a security threat.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana says banning The Final Call from prisons is unconstitutional and has no connection to preventing violence.