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Judge: Inmates can pursue sweat lodge lawsuit

HELENA (AP) — Five Native American inmates who filed a lawsuit over strip searches required before and after they participated in religious sweat lodge ceremonies at a private prison in Montana can pursue part of their case, but cannot seek monetary damages, a federal judge has ruled.

"Plaintiffs have alleged sufficient facts to pursue their claims regarding the strip searches, the alleged prohibition of essential sacred items, and one alleged retaliatory act," U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell wrote.

However, Lovell ruled that the plaintiffs failed to show how the prison substantially burden...


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