The. Supreme Court has halted the execution of a Texas death row inmate, because of his request that his pastor should be with him, before his last breath, to say the prayers.
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According to the report published by the Conservative Brief,
“John Ramirez argued that a Texas policy prohibiting his pastor from placing his hands on him during his execution violated his First Amendment right to practice his religion without government interference. Ramirez was convicted of a 2004 murder at a Corpus Christi convenience store.
He stabbed Pablo Castro, the convenience store clerk, 29 times during a robbery spree to get drug money with two women. Castro had $1.25 on him.”
John Ramirez stabbed a convenience store worker 29 times to rob them of $1.25. https://t.co/snPRvN8L0B
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Here’s what the Supreme Court has ordered, regarding his final request to have his pastor present with him before he died.
“The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is granted. The motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis and the petition for a writ of certiorari are granted. The Clerk is directed to establish a briefing schedule that will allow the case to be argued in October or November 2021.”
According to the Texas Tribune,
“The order marks the third time in the past two years that the Supreme Court has halted an execution in Texas execution “over the state prison system’s rules on how religious advisers can attend to condemned prisoners as they die.”