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Court Allows Execution of Muslim Inmate Without Imam Present

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected claims from a Muslim inmate who said his religious rights were being violated, clearing the way for the lethal injection to go forward Thursday night. In a 5-4 decision, justices vacated a stay issued by a lower court that had been blocking the execution of Dominique Ray, 42. Later Thursday night, Ray was pronounced dead of a lethal injection at the state prison in Atmore. Ray argued Alabama’s execution procedure favors Christian inmates...

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