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Feb 08, 2019

Alabama Executes Muslim Prisoner Amidst Charges of Religious Discrimination

In a 5 – 4 deci­sion that Justice Elena Kagan char­ac­ter­ized as pro­found­ly wrong,” the U.S. Supreme Court on February 7, 2019 per­mit­ted Alabama to exe­cute a Muslim death-row pris­on­er, Domineque Ray (pic­tured), who had claimed that the state’s exe­cu­tion process dis­crim­i­nat­ed against him because of his reli­gion. Without expla­na­tion, the Court assert­ed that Ray had wait­ed too long to chal­lenge a pro­vi­sion in Alabama’s exe­cu­tion pro­to­col that made a Christian chap­lain part of the state’s exe­cu­tion team and pro­hib­it­ed oth­er reli­gious advi­sors from being present in the exe­cu­tion chamber.

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Apr 05, 2019

Commentators Question Why Supreme Court Stopped One Execution, But Not Another With Identical Religious Exercise Issues

Legal schol­ars and com­men­ta­tors across the polit­i­cal spec­trum have crit­i­cized the U.S. Supreme Court for its seem­ing­ly con­tra­dic­to­ry actions, less than two months apart, in two near­ly iden­ti­cal reli­gious free­dom claims from death-row pris­on­ers. On February 7, 2019, the Court vacat­ed a stay of exe­cu­tion and per­mit­ted Alabama to exe­cute death-row pris­on­er Domineque Ray (pic­tured, left), who had claimed that the Alabama Department of Corrections was vio­lat­ing his First Amendment rights by refus­ing to allow his Muslim reli­gious advi­sor in the exe­cu­tion cham­ber in cir­cum­stances in which the state permitted…

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May 15, 2019

Death-Penalty Opinions Expose Deep Divisions on U.S. Supreme Court

In the wake of sharp crit­i­cism of sev­er­al con­tro­ver­sial death-penal­ty deci­sions, the five con­ser­v­a­tive jus­tices of the U.S. Supreme Court issued three opin­ions on May 13, 2019, explain­ing their votes in those ear­li­er cas­es. The opin­ions, issued in con­nec­tion with the appar­ent­ly incon­sis­tent orders in reli­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion claims brought by two death-row pris­on­ers and a deci­sion declin­ing to review the case of an Alabama death-row pris­on­er who had chal­lenged the state’s exe­cu­tion process, high­light­ed grow­ing fric­tion and fis­sures with­in the Court.

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Feb 10, 2021

Supreme Court Lets Stand Federal Appeals Court Injunction Halting Alabama Execution on Claim of Religious Discrimination

Four hours after Alabama was sched­uled to exe­cute death-row pris­on­er Willie B. Smith III on February 11, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a fed­er­al appeals court injunc­tion bar­ring the exe­cu­tion from going for­ward unless the state per­mit­ted Smith’s pas­tor to be present to pro­vide him reli­gious com­fort in the exe­cu­tion cham­ber. Alabama then announced that it was call­ing off the execution.

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Sep 09, 2021

U.S. Supreme Court Stays Texas Execution, Agrees to Review Contours of the Right to Religious Exercise in the Execution Chamber

In an after-hours order issued on September 8, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court halt­ed Texass planned exe­cu­tion of John Henry Ramirez and agreed to review his claim that the state’s refusal to allow his pas­tor to lay hands” on him or pray audi­bly dur­ing the exe­cu­tion vio­lat­ed fed­er­al law and his First Amendment right to the free exer­cise of religion.