Final November, Alabama scheduled Domineque Ray’s execution for February 7. The prison warden met with Ray on January 23 to talk about the procedures for his upcoming lethal injection. Ray was told that the prison chaplain, a Protestant Christian minister, was necessary to be in the execution chamber throughout his death. Ray, who was a devout Muslim, asked if his imam could be present rather. The state mentioned no. He then asked if the minister could be excluded from the execution chamber. The state refused that request. On January 28, Ray filed a lawsuit in federal court to halt his execution. He argued that the prison’s policy violated federal religious-discrimination laws as effectively as the Initial Amendment’s Establishment Clause, which forbids government officials from elevating one particular faith or denomination above an additional. Listen to this podcast to hear what occurred subsequent.
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