Crime

Convicted Killer Sues For Kosher Food In Prison (Photo)

| by Michael Howard

A Nashville man serving a 56-year prison sentence for murdering his wife is suing the Department of Corrections and a food service company for failing to serve him kosher meals.

Perry March, 55, was convicted in 2006 of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the disappearance of his wife, Janet, the Nashville Post reported at the time.

March recently argued in a complaint that, as a Jew, he is entitled to kosher meals.

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"It's a case of gluttonous wolves gorging unchecked on defenseless, captive sheep," he wrote, according to WTVF.

He further claimed that failure to accommodate his diet is motivated by anti-Semitism.

Legal analyst Nick Leonardo said this particular issue is becoming more common across the U.S.

"You're starting to see more and more of these cases in other states," he said.

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Inmates recently won a similar lawsuit in Florida.

"There's 10,000 prisoners in that state who have some dietary restrictions because of religion and it cost the state $12 million last year," Leonardo said.

If March's lawsuit is successful, Tennessee taxpayers would be forced to pay the extra money required to fulfill his wishes. A hearing to consider the case has yet to be scheduled.

Sources: WTVF, Nashville Post / Photo credit: The Travelling Gourmet, Mexconnect

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