Inmate Loses Suit Over Sabbath Rituals

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Kentucky's only Jewish inmate on death row has lost his bid to gain access to religious facilities at the state penitentiary after a state appeals court found he could pray in his cell.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that 40-year-old William Harry Meece is allowed to pray in his cell, but security reasons prevent officials at the Kentucky State Penitentiary from moving him alone or with other inmates to a religious facility.

Meece sued the state and alleged that prison officials violated his legal right to observe the Sabbath.

Appeals Judge Laurence Van Meter ruled that prison officials were correct in determining that Meece cannot be mixed with general population inmates.

Meece is awaiting execution for the deaths of three people in Adair County in 1993.

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