Inmate gets salami-free meals for Festivus faith

WHO: Theo Lacy Jail Facility in Orange County

WHAT: An inmate who disliked salami got special meals after declaring his religious belief was the Festivus holiday celebrated on the television show “Seinfeld.”

HOW: Sheriff’s officials reserve kosher meals for inmates with a religious need, so 38-year-old convicted drug dealer Malcolm Alarmo King asked for kosher meals and even got defense attorney Fred Thiagarajah to proclaim his client’s devotion to Festivus — a fictional holiday celebrated with an aluminum pole and the airing of grievances. Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ryan Burris says King got salami-free meals for two months before the county got the order thrown out in court.

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