Wiccan Chaplain Loses 9th Circ. Appeal On Prison Program

Law360, New York (June 1, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday rejected a Wiccan volunteer chaplain's constitutional and employment discrimination claims against California's corrections department over its program that only pays chaplains of five faiths to minister to inmates.

A three-judge panel ruled that Patrick McCollum lacked standing to bring his First Amendment claims and that his employment discrimination and retaliation allegations lacked merit. Its decision upholds a lower court's dismissal of the complaint, when it ruled that similar claims brought by neopagan inmates were barred either because the statute of limitations...
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