CHICAGO — An appeals court is allowing a prisoner to sue a guard who forced him to lop off his thick dreadlocks,

Dreadlocks, Bob Marley and an unwanted haircut are the unlikely subjects of an opinion issued on Friday by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

The three-judge panel devotes 11 pages to explaining why Omar Grayson, a former inmate at Illinois' Big Muddy Correctional Center, can sue a prison officer who forced him to shear his thick, braided locks.

The opinion even includes a photograph of Reggae superstar Marley to illustrate what dreadlocks look like. Marley died in 1981.

Grayson's a member of the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem and claimed the haircut violated his religious rights.