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.