US court blocks execution of Muslim inmate who requested imam

US court blocks execution of Muslim inmate who requested imam

A federal court blocked Thursday’s scheduled execution of a Muslim inmate in Alabama on grounds the state may be violating his religious rights by refusing permitting an imam to be present at his death. The court granted an indefinite stay on the execution for Dominique Ray, 42, sentenced for the killing of a 15-year-old girl in 1995.

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So the only hold-off is to get an Imam in there with him? Is he requesting one in particular, or will any Imam do? What if no Imam wants to accept the demand, is the inmate entitled to have a religious leader of his preference? Can the state force an Imam to attend the execution against his will, or would the impasse hold off his execution indefinitely? What if he demands the presence of a non-existent religious leader?

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