October 07, 2007

Inmate pissed off

"I would also like to be compensated for the foul act!"

"Foul act?" What could this gentleman possibly mean? Why he claims he was served pork products while in jail! Why is this a big deal? He is a Muslim:

Odell M. Edwards, who as a Muslim is not allowed to eat pork, filed his lawsuit against the Greene County Justice Center this past week in U.S. District Court in Springfield. Jail officials maintain that the jelly is made with fruit pectin extracted from plants. Pectin is a natural substance that thickens jams and jellies.

The sandwiches in question were served to Edwards and other Muslim inmates during the holy month of Ramadan. Jail Director C.E. Wells said officials consulted with a Muslim spiritual adviser when planning the Ramadan menu, and the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were preapproved.

But Edwards said the jelly in the sandwiches contained gelatin, which is often extracted from pig tissue. He appears to be seeking $250,000 per day for the period in which he was served the jelly.

Not only does he miraculously "know" that it was gelatin, he's also miffed at getting that peanut butter:

Wells said Edwards didn't just have a problem with the jelly. In his court filing, the inmate also complained that an overabundance of peanut butter in his diet had led to stomach pain and constipation, Wells said.

"It's sad that your only answer to this problem is an unhealthy amount of peanut butter or don't participate in Ramadan," Edwards wrote. "Again it is my duty and right to share in Ramadan but not to be tricked and bullied by an unhealthy diet!"

Posted by Felix at October 7, 2007 10:47 AM | TrackBack

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Well, if you wouldn't engage in criminal acts, you would have greater control over your diet during your holy month of Rama-lama-ding-dong.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at October 7, 2007 05:42 PM

One one hand, I don't see why any inmate should have special treatment, no matter what their religion is. No pork-free food for Ramadan, and no fish on fridays. However, that's how we do things, I guess.

On the other, I would support this suit (as I must support rights of these ghost nuts as I do my own)if not for the inmates total disinterest in getting evidence that they had a worthwhile suit before he levied it.

As you said, Hube, he didn't seem to have any proof that there was any pork product in the jelly, yet he's going on with the suit as if there was. They could easily send that to a lab and find out if the suit is valid.

I'm also kinda curious what the Koran says about dealing drugs...

Posted by: Joe M at October 7, 2007 07:44 PM

That was Felix, Joe. FYI. (I had been posting so much of late, it's understandable!) :-)

Posted by: Hube at October 7, 2007 08:06 PM

Oh crap. Sorry, Felix :)

Posted by: Joe M at October 7, 2007 09:12 PM

Joe, dealing drugs is okay, so long as you only deal to non-believers. That explains why Afghanistan is the opium 'breadbasket' of the world.

Do Catholics in prison get fish on Fridays?

Posted by: G Rex at October 8, 2007 12:38 PM

He can't know that jelly has gelatin. He's speaking from ignorance. Most jellies that I've seen on the market have Kosher certification, which would mean no pig derived gelatin.

Posted by: soccer dad at October 9, 2007 06:00 PM