COOPER v. PATE, Warden.

378 U.S. 546

84 S.Ct. 1733

12 L.Ed.2d 1030

PATE, Warden.

No. 1134, Misc.

June 22, 1964.

Alex Elson and Bernard Weisberg, for petitioner.

William G. Clark, Atty. Gen. of Illinois, and Raymond S. Sarnow and Edward A. Berman, Asst. Attys. Gen., for respondent.



The motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis and the petition for a writ of certiorari are granted.


The petitioner, an inmate at the Illinois State Penitentiary, brought an action under 28 U.S.C. § 1343 and 42 U.S.C. § 1983, § 1979 of the Revised Statutes, alleging that solely because of his religious beliefs he was denied permission to purchase certain religious publications and denied other privileges enjoyed by other prisoners. The District Court granted the respondent's motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim on which relief could be granted and the Court of Appeals affirmed. 324 F.2d 165 (C.A.7th Cir.). We reverse the judgment below. Taking as true the allegations of the complaint, as they must be on a motion to dismiss, the complaint stated a cause of action and it was error to dismiss it. See Pierce v. LaVallee, 293 F.2d 233 (C.A.2d Cir.); Sewell v. Pegelow, 291 F.2d 196 (C.A.4th Cir.).

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