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Killer Perry March Suing The State For What's On His Plate

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by Nick Beres

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One of Nashville's most notorious killers decided to take his case back to court.  Perry March sued the state over the food on his plate in prison.

March -- who is Jewish -- claimed the head of food services at the Northeast Correctional Complex refused to serve him Kosher meals.

"Everybody has a right to practice their religion while they are in jail," said Newschannel 5 Legal Analyst Nick Leonardo. However, he added there are limits to that right and courts usually decide.

A jury convicted March in 2006 for the murder of his wife Janet.  The high profile case made national headlines.

In March's lawsuit he alleged that he "repeatedly asked that he be permitted to practice his first amendment right to free exercise of his Jewish faith and has not been served in conformance with the Jewish dietary laws and his body has been polluted."

Kosher diets can vary, but generally exclude pork and certain seafoods and not mixing meat with dairy products in a single meal.

A federal court has already partially sided with March ordering the prison to serve him the Kosher meals until the case is resolved.

"Is this just opening the door to other special diets in prison," asked Leonardo, who said that special exceptions can sometimes mean higher costs to the taxpayer.

State prison officials said there are about 60 inmates in Tennessee and some of them do get Kosher meals.  They declined to comment about the March lawsuit.

March sued for the meals and for thousands of dollars in damages. 

He is serving 56 years for his murder conviction.


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