Jew inmate’s petition rightfully ejected

North Carolina prisoner Israel Ben-Levi wanted an opportunity to worship with other Jewish inmates, and when he didn’t get it, he hand-wrote a plea to the Supreme Court.

The 68-year-old convicted rapist failed Monday, when the court denied his petition. But in an illuminating twist, Ben-Levi’s painstakingly scrawled petition won over one of the court’s staunchest law-and-order conservatives who’s become a notable supporter of devout inmates.

“The court’s indifference to this discriminatory infringement of religious liberty is disappointing,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote.


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