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.
"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.
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.