Federal judge says three state prison inmates entitled to kosher meals

Monday, February 13th 2006, 5:53 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled that three Oklahoma prisoners are entitled to receive kosher meals from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

A temporary order issued last January established that the three men have a First Amendment right to kosher food because of their religious beliefs as Orthodox Jews. US District Judge Lee West made that order permanent last week.

Convicted sex offenders Dennis Earl Fulbright, Jon Andrew Cottriel and Jerry Harmon sued the state in 2003 because they were being forced to pay for their own kosher meals.