No. 14-41165.

822 F.3d 776 (2016)

David Rasheed ALI, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. William STEPHENS, Director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Correctional Institutions Division, Defendant-Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

May 2, 2016.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Eric M. Albritton , Michael Aaron Benefield (argued) , Shawn Alexander Latchford , Albritton Law Firm, Longview, TX, for Plaintiff-Appellee.

Celamaine Cunniff , Assistant Attorney General, Leah O'Leary (argued) , Office of the Attorney General, Austin, TX, for Defendant-Appellant.

April J. Anderson, Esq. (argued) , Mark Lenard Gross, Esq. , Deputy Chief Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, Daniel Mach , American Civil Liberties Union, Derek L. Shaffer , Victoria Fishman Maroulis, Esq. , Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, L.L.P., Washington, DC, Carolyn Homer Thomas , Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, L.L.P., Redwood Shores, CA, for Amicus Curiae.

Before PRADO, SOUTHWICK, and GRAVES, Circuit Judges.

Plaintiff-Appellee David Rasheed Ali is an observant Muslim and in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice ("TDCJ"). This appeal concerns his suit seeking permission to grow a "fist-length" (i.e., four-inch) beard and wear a kufi, a knit skullcap, as required by his religious beliefs. Ali alleges that...

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