Justices Say Muslims Put On No-Fly List Can Seek Damages
By Jimmy Hoover (December 10, 2020, 11:27 AM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday that a group of Muslim plaintiffs can seek money damages from FBI agents who allegedly placed them on the no-fly list after they refused to become informants, saying that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act allows payouts for religious burdens.
In a unanimous 8-0 decision, the court rejected the government's arguments that RFRA does not allow plaintiffs to sue officials in their personal capacities for money damages under the 1993 statute, which allows for "appropriate relief" for substantial burdens on an individuals' religious exercise. Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was sworn into the court after the...
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