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The Supreme Court’s late-night, two-paragraph order that sent a Muslim inmate in Alabama to his execution last week has become the court’s most controversial act of the term, drawing intense criticism from the political right and the left.
The court’s five conservatives agreed with Alabama officials that Domineque Ray could be put to death without an imam present in the execution chamber, even though a Christian chaplain who works for the prison system is in place for other executions.
The article goes on to state the following:
The court’s short order did not deal with the religious issue, saying only that Ray made his request too late. His lawyers, and the court’s liberal members, disputed that.
— AL.com (@aldotcom) February 8, 2019
Domineque Ray, a Muslim inmate set to be executed Thursday, wanted his imam present. But Alabama said he could only have a Christian chaplain. Eleventh Circuit issues stay, citing "powerful Establishment Clause claim.”https://t.co/V6I0n4SMmE
— Adam Liptak (@adamliptak) February 6, 2019
BREAKING: #SCOTUS vacates the 11th Circuit's stay of execution in Domineque Ray's case. Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan dissent. The court also denied a related stay of execution. The case is out of Alabama. pic.twitter.com/JpsVS3bk3J
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) February 8, 2019
The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 and will allow Alabama to move forward with the execution of Domineque Ray tonight despite serious religious discrimination and other concerns. Justices Kagan, Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor dissented, calling the decision “profoundly wrong.”
— Sister Helen Prejean (@helenprejean) February 8, 2019
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