Death Penalty
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Religious liberty until death

Religious Liberty | Texas decision to ban chaplains from the execution chamber is constitutionally suspect
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/09/19, 04:44 pm

After the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of execution to a Buddhist prisoner in Texas, the state moved to restrict the religious exercise of all death row inmates. Chaplains can now watch executions from the viewing room, but they will no longer be allowed to accompany condemned prisoners to their deaths, the state announced last week.

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Crime, punishment, and liberty

Religious Liberty | Supreme Court stays the execution of a Buddhist inmate on religious freedom grounds
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/02/19, 03:41 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of execution March 25 to a Buddhist prisoner on Texas’ death row after state officials refused to allow his spiritual adviser to accompany him in the death chamber. The decision could pave the way for more high court rulings in favor of individuals’ religious liberty.

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California governor halts death penalty

by Harvest Prude
Posted 3/13/19, 11:05 am

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday that puts a moratorium on capital punishment, delaying the execution of 737 death row inmates. The order also closes the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison and effectively withdraws the state’s lethal injection protocol. The moratorium will last as long as Newsom is governor.

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