GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A federal magistrate is recommending the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging the Kent County jail failed to serve a former inmate a Jewish kosher meal.
Bradley Sleighter filed the federal lawsuit in July 2012. Jailed for retail fraud, he alleged he lost more than 30 pounds over more than six months when the jail refused to serve him a packaged, sealed kosher meal.
At the time, Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess said standard meals are not altered based upon personal preference, including religious affiliation. They may be altered based upon medical requirements.
The magistrate who recommended dismissing the case said Sleighter has failed to produce his medical records as ordered by the court, and the case is no longer appropriate because he was released from the jail late last year.
Federal magistrate judges often hear cases in federal court in place of federal district court judges, but decisions to dismiss must be made by the district court judge.
Both sides have 14 days to file objections to the magistrate's recommendation.
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