Donnie Wayne Durrett, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Ruben Cedeno; James Thatcher; Robert Lynn, Religiousmanager; Tana Wood, Superintendent; Williampeck, Chaplin; Ione Streck, Propertysergeant, Defendants-appellees, 134 F.3d 377 (9th Cir. 1998)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 134 F.3d 377 (9th Cir. 1998)

Submitted Jan. 12, 1998. **Decided Jan. 15, 1998

Before BROWNING, KLEINFELD, and THOMAS, Circuit Judges.


Donnie Wayne Durrett, a Washington state prisoner, appeals pro se the district court's grant of summary judgment on his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action alleging interference with his free exercise of religion in violation of the First Amendment. We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291. We review de novo the district court's grant of summary judgment, see Barnett v. Centoni, 31 F.3d 813, 815 (9th Cir. 1994) (per curiam), and we affirm.

Durrett stated that prison officials interfered with his free exercise of religion by prohibiting him from wearing a wedding ring with gemstones. Prison officials submitted uncontroverted evidence that rings with gemstones posed a number of risks to security and internal order. Accordingly, the district court did not err by granting summary judgment for defendants on Durrett's First Amendment claim. See Freeman v. Arpaio, 125 F.3d 732, 736 (9th Cir. 1997); Standing Deer v. Carlson, 831 F.2d 1525, 1528 (9th Cir. 1987).

We have considered Durrett's remaining claims and reject them as without merit.



The panel unanimously finds this case suitable for decision without oral argument. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a); 9th Cir. R. 34-4


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