Inmate seeking kosher meals cites Festivus belie

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 13, 2010 23:56




SANTA ANA, California — An inmate in California who disliked salami was able to receive special meals after his attorney cited the "Seinfeld" holiday Festivus as his religious belief, it was reported on Monday.

The Orange County Register reported Monday that 38-year-old convicted drug dealer Malcolm Alarmo King asked for kosher meals at the Theo Lacy jail to maintain his physique.

Orange County sheriff's officials reserve such meals for inmates with religious needs, so a judge demanded a religious reason for King to get the meals.

His defense attorney, Fred Thiagarajah, cited his client's devotion to Festivus — the invented holiday celebrated on the hit TV show with an aluminum pole and the airing of grievances.

Sheriff's spokesman Ryan Burris says King got salami-free meals for two months before the county got the order thrown out in court, The Orange County Register reported.

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