Inmate Sues Shawnee County Jail Over Religious Rights

By  | 

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas inmate is suing the Shawnee County Jail saying his religious rights were violated while he was incarcerated.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Eddie A. Gordon Sr. is a practicing Muslim.

Gordon has filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in a 15-page handwritten petition. He acted as his own attorney. Gordon seeks $2 million in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit is against the jail, the jail's food service provider and other officials. It says Gordon wasn't fed for 28 hours during Ramadan, a Muslim holy month marked by daily fasting from dawn to sunset.

Shawnee County counselor Rick Eckert says the jail is confident Gordon was treated in an appropriate manner.

Gordon was sentenced to 23 years in 2011 for second-degree murder.

Posted by Greg Palmer