Friday, February 08, 2019
Devout Muslim inmate Domenique Ray challenged the State of Alabama's policy of only allowing a Christian Chaplain to be present during executions. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court granted a stay of execution, finding a strong likelihood that the prison had violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by preferring one religion over another. But the next day, by a vote of 5-4, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the execution to go forward. Ray's life ended Thursday night, by lethal injection. His imam watched from a separate room, The Associated Press reported.
The majority's order, written by Justice Thomas, was one paragraph long, and addressed only the perceived untimeliness of Ray's claim, an argument that was thoroughly debunked by the Court of Appeals.
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