Alabama Amending Execution Procedure to Allow Spiritual Advisor in Execution Chamber

In this November 2005 file photo, Larry Greene, public information director of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, demonstrates how a curtain is pulled between the death chamber and witness room at the prison in Lucasville, Ohio. Defense attorneys rushing to stop Ohio’s first execution in three years filed court documents Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, arguing the state’s new 3-drug lethal injection system is akin to burning inmates at the stake or burying them alive. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

Alabama is amending its execution procedures to allow a condemned inmate to have his spiritual advisor in the execution chamber. The Alabama attorney general’s office wrote in a Thursday court filing that the change is underway.

The move comes after the U.S. Supreme Court sided with an Alabama inmate who had sought to have his pastor in the chamber to pray with him before the execution.

The state had previously argued that only prison staff should be allowed in the chamber and canceled the execution.

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