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The Court’s Republican majority claimed that it ruled against Domineque Ray, the inmate in Ray, because he waited too long to seek relief.

Ray filed his lawsuit seeking to have his imam present at his execution just five days after the prison warden denied that request.

The state could cure this “denominational discrimination,” Kavanaugh argued, either by allowing people of all faiths to have a spiritual adviser present in the execution room or by allowing no one to have a spiritual adviser present in that room.

It abolished its previous policy, which allowed only Christians to have a spiritual adviser present during their execution, and implemented a new policy barring all clergy from the execution room.

And it appears there are now five votes on the Supreme Court to ensure that people on death row have a member of the appropriate clergy present in their final moments.

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