Dunn v. Ray

Alabama corrections officials refuse Muslim inmate’s request to have his imam present at his execution. Rather, only a Christian chaplain will be able to be present in the chamber. Eleventh Circuit: We are “exceedingly loath” to second guess corrections officials, but this looks an awful lot like favoring one religion over another and thus a violation of “the heart of the Establishment Clause.” Delay the execution. Supreme Court (over a dissent): The inmate waited far too long to seek relief. He can be executed. (Ed. note: And he was.)

Tags: 2019, Death Penalty, Establishment Clause, Supreme Court

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