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For third time in recent years, U.S. Supreme Court halts a Texas execution over rules for religious advisers in the death chamber

John Ramirez was scheduled to die Wednesday. His last request to the state had been to let his pastor hold on to him as he died, something the state denied. The high court wants to hear oral arguments on the matter later this year.

Interior of execution chamber.

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