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By Associated Press
Acting right away, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice will allow only security personnel to be killed in a death cell, the spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Changes in politics occur in response to a ruling by the Supreme Court on the suspension of the execution of Patrick Murphy, a gang member of the Texas-7 who escaped to prison.
Texas previously allowed a public servant to accompany the priests to the execution chamber, but his prison staff included only Christian and Muslim clerics.
In the light of this policy, the Supreme Court ruled that Texas can not move forward with Murphy's punishment if his Buddhist counselor or other Buddhist monks did not accompany him. 19659007] "The government can not discriminate against religion in general or against certain religious denominations", – wrote in controversial recent court judgments, Brett Kavanau.
Murphy's lawyers told the supreme court that the murder of a 57-year-old without his spiritual counselor in the room would violate his right to the First Amendment to freedom of religion. He became a Buddhist almost ten years ago at the time of his imprisonment.
One of those lawyers, David Dow, said that the change of policy does not apply to their full argument and mistakes in the main direction of the court's decision. at least now, the hostile response to the whole religion reveals the real need for tight judicial control over the implementation of the protocol, – Down said
Christine Uli, executive director of the Texas coalition for abolition of the death penalty, called the new policy "cruel"
Chaplains in & # 39; prisoners will still be able to watch executions from prisoners and meet with them in advance, according to Jeremy Desel, spokeswoman for the Department of Criminal Justice. He gave up the detailed justification for policy changes