The U.S. Supreme Court is ordering a judicial review of a Texas rule that keeps clergy out of the execution chamber. The high court on Monday ordered a federal judge in Brownsville to review the legality of the matter. The state formerly allowed prison chaplains to accompany death row inmates into the chamber. The chaplains were all Christian or Muslim, and in 2019, the state was unable to accommodate a Buddhist inmate. The state then ended the practice altogether, resulting in a challenge from a Catholic death row inmate for violating his religious freedom.
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