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Cordell R. Kirby | aka Ameer-Hassan Mateen


Cordell R. Kirby
46 YOA
1400 E. 18th
Des Moines, IA
Case # 1999-28964
August 2, 1999


Cordell R. Kirby — also known as Ameer-Hassan Mateen — was killed in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 2, 1999.

Kirby, while incarcerated at the Iowa State Penitentiary in December 1980, was a member of the Islamic faith and one of seven appellees who filed a complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging numerous claims against officials of the penitentiary for violation of the inmates’ rights to exercise their religion. The inmates sought money damages and injunctive relief.

The district court found “the plaintiffs have not been discriminated against because of their religious beliefs.” Nevertheless, the court ordered various forms of equitable relief against the prison officials.

Read the full Cordell Kirby Court Summary.

Cordell Kirby was born April 19, 1953.

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3 Responses to Cordell Kirby

  1. Just me says:

    Was he employed at Iowa Lutheran Hospital on the drug rehab unit for kids?

  2. Gary Eggers says:


  3. Tina Carroll says:

    not much information here at all… very sad… in the past he has also lived in Los Angeles, CA.. he has relatives in Des Moines, IA…

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