JOHNSON CITY (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a $12 million lawsuit filed by a former jail inmate who claimed she was threatened and abused because she is a Muslim.
Frances Taylor sued the Johnson City Jail and jail superintendent Sam Garland in May, alleging she was discriminated against because of her religion. She said Garland confronted her about being a Muslim and after she filed a grievance was put "in the hole."
Because Taylor is now incarcerated in the Tennessee Prison for Woman in Nashville, U.S. District Judge Thomas Hull called her claims moot and dismissed the lawsuit last week.
Taylor sought $12 million in damages, credit for all good days lost by the transfer to Nashville, a formal apology, a transfer back to Johnson City and payment for all transportation and lodging expenses incurred by her family while visiting her in Nashville.