10 months US Supreme Court stays execution of ‘Texas Seven’ convict Manilatimes |World
WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the execution of one of the last members of the “Texas Seven,” a group of escaped prisoners who killed a police officer during a high-profile crime spree in 2000. The court granted Patrick Murphy, 57, a last-minute reprieve in the name of religious equality, pointing out that under Texas policy, Christian and Muslim clerics can be present in the execution room, while other denominations — including the Buddhist monk Murphy wants to accompany him — cannot. Sentenced to 50 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault, Murphy participated in an ... more