Supreme Court will Hear if Chaplain Can Pray and Talk to Inmates before Execution

Supreme Court will Hear if Chaplain Can Pray and Talk to Inmates before Execution

Jose Chavez

The Supreme Court is to hear an argument on Tuesday on whether Texas should let a chaplain pray audibly and if authorities are allowed to touch an inmate during their execution process.

The case before the justices involves John Henry Ramirez, who is on death row for killing a convenience store worker during a 2004 robbery. Ramirez killed a man named Pablo Castro by stabbing him 29 times and robbed him of a dollar and 25 cents.

Texas says that an inmate spiritual adviser may pray and counsel an inmate until they are taken to the execution chamber and restrained on a gurney. But Texas added that the spiritual adviser cannot speak or touch the inmate while they are being lethally injected.

The Biden Administration came in stating that under the Trump Administration, the federal government carried out a series of 13 executions in six months at the federal execution chamber in Terre Haute, Ind.

During the duration of these executions, at least six religious advisers had spoken or prayed audibly with inmates in the execution chamber, and in at least one case, there was brief physical contact.