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Testimony Ends In Lindh Trial Over Group Prayer In Prison

Attorneys will file post-trial briefs, and the court has no timeline for when the case will be decided.

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John Walker Lindh is serving time in a Communications Management Unit in Terre Haute for supporting terrorists.

Court action wrapped up Thursday in the case between American-born Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh and the Terre Haute federal prison in which he is housed. The two sides have one more step before a ruling.

Lindh and other Muslim inmates at the Communications Management Unit in the Terre Haute prison filed suit against the government, seeking to pray in a group once a day. Group prayer is currently restricted to once a week gatherings.

Lindh says his religious rights are being infringed upon. Prison officials say group prayer poses security concerns and the once-a-week allowances are enough.  Trial proceedings, which began Monday in federal court in Indianapolis, concluded Thursday.

Both sides will now file post-trial briefs with the judge within the next couple of months. This is in place of giving closing arguments. Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson will issue her ruling some time after that.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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