Judge stays 'Texas 7' gang member execution for 2nd time

Judge stays 'Texas 7' gang member execution for 2nd timeA federal judge on Thursday stayed the execution of a “Texas 7″ gang member who was convicted in the killing of a police officer because the state has refused to provide him with a Buddhist chaplain in the death chamber. The U.S. Supreme Court initially blocked Patrick Murphy’s execution in March, saying his religious rights would be violated if no Buddhist chaplain was present. Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote in a concurring opinion that Texas can’t move forward with Murphy’s execution unless the state permits his Buddhist adviser or another Buddhist reverend of the state’s choosing to accompany him in the death chamber.

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