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Judge Denies Muslim Inmate's Lawsuit Over Beard

RICHMOND, Va. - (AP) Virginia's prison system did not violate a Muslim inmate's religious rights when it refused to allow him to grow a 1/8-inch beard, which he believes is required by his religion, a federal judge has ruled. William Couch, a 50-year-old Sunni Muslim, is a medium-security prisoner. . . . Full version available to subscribers.