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updated 12/14/2010 12:58:51 PM ET 2010-12-14T17:58:51

A Festivus for the rest of us?

A convicted drug dealer in California thinks so. He cited his adherence to the holiday celebrated on a famous episode of "Seinfeld" to get better meals at the Orange County jail.

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The Orange County Register reported Monday that 38-year-old Malcolm Alarmo King disliked the salami meals served at the jail — he's a bit of a health nut and wanted to maintain his sleek physique. But sheriff's officials reserve kosher meals for inmates with a religious need.

Judge Derek G. Johnson demanded a religious reason for King to receive the meals. Defense attorney Fred Thiagarajah cited his client's devotion to Festivus.

Keeping kosher is not one of the tenets of Festivus, which was depicted on "Seinfeld" as celebrated with the airing of grievances and the display of an aluminum pole, plus feats of strength, which may be King's connection.

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 Associated Press and KHQ-TV contributed to this report.

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