Supreme Court: Texas must accommodate condemned man, let pastor ‘lay hands’ on him during execution

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(Worthy News) – A Texas man facing execution can request to have his pastor pray aloud and be touching him as the state carries out a lethal injection, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The justices, in an 8-1 decision, said Texas was being too strict in limiting John Ramirez’s interaction with his pastor during his final moments, violating a federal law protecting the religious interests of prisoners.

Texas had argued that audible prayer and laying of hands could interfere with the execution itself — a solemn duty the state said it takes pains to carry out correctly. But the court said Texas’s worries are too general, and the state must strive to accommodate Ramirez’s religious requests as best it can. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More…) ]

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