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ATL Practice Pointers: Do Not File An Egg with Judge Muirhead

egg hardboiled egg hard boiled egg vs man Above the Law blog.jpgIs this litigation kosher? You bet. From Vos Iz Neias (Yiddish: “What’s News”):

A New Hampshire prison inmate’s file drove a federal judge to rhyme to express himself.

A prison inmate protesting his [non-Kosher] diet attached a hard-boiled egg to documents sent by mail to U.S. District Court Judge James Muirhead.

“I do not like eggs in the file. I do not like them in any style. I will not take them fried or boiled. I will not take them poached or broiled. I will not take them soft or scrambled Despite an argument well-rambled,” Muirhead wrote in his response to inmate Charles Wolffe.

Wolffe, 61, says he is an Orthodox Jew and has accused prison officials of refusing to feed him a kosher diet. He is seeking… proper foods and $10 million from the state. His case has been scheduled for a trial.

More discussion, plus the full text of Judge Muirhead’s order, after the jump.

Here’s another nice detail:

Among other things, [Wolff] alleges the prison’s director of food services, Jeff Perkins, took him off a kosher diet after coming to believe that Wolff had eaten non-kosher ice cream (Wolff claims the ice cream was indeed kosher).

And here’s the order:
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P.S. We see that the WSJ Law Blog beat us to this story. See here. But since we already had this post drafted, we’re publishing it. So there.
Egg Attached to Documents Sent to Court Drives Judge to Rhyming Ruling [Voz Iz Neias]

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