Supreme Court docket intervenes in execution of Buddhist prisoner
Amy Howe Unbiased Contractor and Reporter
Posted Fri, March 29th, 2019 12:11 am
Posted Fri, March 29th, 2019 12:11 am by Amy Howe
Final month the Supreme Court docket cleared the way in which for Alabama to execute a Muslim inmate after denying the inmate’s request to have an imam at his facet within the execution chamber, though the jail would have allowed a Christian chaplain to be current within the chamber. However tonight the justices blocked the state of Texas from executing a Buddhist prisoner, Patrick Murphy, whereas Murphy information a petition for evaluate of his case on the deserves, until the state permits both Murphy’s religious advisor or one other Buddhist priest to affix Murphy within the execution chamber throughout the execution.
Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch indicated that they might have denied Murphy’s request.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote a separate opinion agreeing with the court docket’s resolution to dam the state from executing Murphy until he’s allowed to have a Buddhist priest at his facet. Noting that Murphy had requested to have his religious advisor at his facet throughout his execution a month in the past (and subsequently distinguishing the case from that of the Alabama inmate, whom the bulk thought to be having requested for reduction too late), Kavanaugh pressured that Texas permits Muslim and Christian inmates to have a Muslim or Christian religious advisor employed by the state within the execution chamber, whereas different inmates of different faiths, together with Buddhism, can solely have their religious advisors within the viewing room. Kavanaugh acknowledged that states might have “a robust curiosity in tightly controlling entry to an execution room in an effort to be sure that the execution happens with none issues, distractions, or disruptions.” However the reply to these considerations, he continued, can be to limit all religious advisors, no matter their religion, to the viewing room. What the state can’t do, he concluded, “is to permit Christian or Muslim inmates however not Buddhist inmates to have a spiritual adviser of their faith within the execution room.”
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