Stay of execution for inmate denied Buddhist spiritual adviser at execution, grants Supreme Court
Mar 31, 2019 01:58 PM EDT
The US Supreme Court stayed the execution of Patrick Murphy, a Texas inmate who was denied a Buddhist spiritual adviser at his execution, late Thursday evening.
Previously, under Texas law only spiritual advisers for Christianity or Islam were allowed in the execution chamber. All others would be required to remain in the viewing area. Murphy requested that his Buddhist spiritual adviser be present in the execution chamber and was denied by the state.