TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Feb 8, 2019
The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled against an Alabama Death Row inmate who requested to have a spiritual leader present at the time of his execution, NPR reports. Domineque Ray, a Muslim, requested the presence of his imam at his execution, but prison officials would only allow their own Christian chaplain inside the chamber, citing a security risk. The vote was 5-4, with the high court’s conservative majority citing the “last-minute nature” of the request as the reason for its decision.