Supreme Court Denies Convicted Murderer’s Request for Execution Side Imam

| February 14, 2019

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Dominique Ray, a Muslim, was able to get a US Court of Appeals to order a stay on his execution until he could get an Imam to be present in the room during his execution. However, the US Supreme Court overturned the US Court of Appeals order, and denied his request.

The Eleventh Circuit argued from the First Amendment aspect, with regards to respecting an establishment of religion. A basic concept was that if Christians could be afforded a priest in the room, that Ray should have an Imam present during his execution. However, the US Supreme Court argued that the lower court abused its discretion.

From New York magazine, Intelligencer:

Ray has been incarcerated at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, for nearly 20 years, following his conviction in 1999 for raping and killing a 15-year-old girl — just five and a half months after the then-22-year-old was found guilty in the murders of two teenage boys two hours north in Selma.

Thanks to Devtun for the link.

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  1. Fyrfighter says:

    So while locked up for being a complete bag of shit, and killing three kids, he found the devil?? and then wanted one of his minions by his side when he finally paid for his crimes??? Too freaking bad asshole.. he shoulda just got a chain and a pickup….

    • The Other Whitey says:

      How about a pen full of hungry feral hogs?

      • Fjardeson says:

        Ah, the Mason Verger method. 🙂

      • Fyrfighter says:

        After shooting out both of his kneecaps? works for me TOW

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        Should of boiled the bastard in bacon dripping.

        Saw/read this FIRST on the MOT posted yesterday. Pissed me off then and some more today. I am a very firm believer in a fair trial. I am also aware that there are false/trumped up charges made. That being said, this piece of shit should have been marched out of the courtroom and executed as soon as the trial was over. Him and his accomplice together. No doubt that they did it. Neither of the 3 children they raped and murdered had a religious person standing by when they were murdered. The taxpayer kept this waste of oxygen alive for over 20 years, and the other piece of shit is still sucking up at the public trough. I really hope that he is a main attraction for rent by Bubba and Company.

        Here’s a novel thought. For those that are convicted of capital crimes when there is absolutely no doubt of their guilt; Public hangings, broadcast on TV, short rope, no mask, feet untied. Watch ’em dance on the end of that rope. I guarantee the crime rate will plummet.

        I hope this mofo enjoys his time in hell. He will be one of the 72 virgins.

      • T1B says:

        “A pig will go through bone like butter.”

        – Snatch

  2. Roh-Dog says:

    With all due reverence to my peers and betters here, I’m going to say the State should be compelled to honor the request.
    If it’s good for one, it should be good for all.
    I don’t give two squirts of mornin’ after too much whiskey piss who’s in the room, so long as this piece of filth goes. I prefer quietly but whimpering will be fine also.

    • rgr769 says:

      The reason they wouldn’t allow this “imam” in the death chamber with him is because their regs only allow members of the prison staff to be in the chamber. Think about it; would you want someone sympathetic to the condemned in the room who might interfere in the execution? Would you want an activist priest who is opposed to the death penalty in the room, or some cleric wanting to perform a little political theater?

      • Fyrfighter says:

        Agree with Roh that if it’s allowed for other religions, it probably should be allowed for this blood cult pretending to be a religion… that being said, rgr is 100% correct, that it’s a bad idea to allow anyone sympathetic to the condemned in the room, and if that rule holds for all other religions, this piece of pig shit should not get special treatment

      • Roh-Dog says:

        If that’s what the regs say, c*ntsf*cked.
        I thought it was strange that any non-authorized personnel would be allowed in during the, um, in this case, festivities.
        The Imam can have the leftovers.

        • rgr769 says:

          The issue was that the prison chaplain was allowed in the execution room. But he was a member of the approved prison staff, not some random cleric.

  3. jonp says:

    I’m kinda on the vengeance side but also don’t see a problem with the Iman. This piece of shit lasted about 19yrs 11mths and 30days longer than he should have. Let him have his devil in the room, smear his ass with bacon and fire old sparky up. As long as he fries I don’t care how it’s done

  4. FatCircles0311 says:

    The condemned doesn’t get to dictate the manner in which the sentence is carried out. What kind of retarded society would do that.

    • rgr769 says:


    • IDC SARC says:

      Same retarded society that puts a man out of business for not baking a cake but doesn’t even question any other bakers refusing the same service because they’re Muslim.

      Same society that thrives on immutable characteristics and hails them somehow as an empirical measurement of knowledge skills and abilities.

      Same society that almost put Shrillary in the White House and currently is openly embracing socialism.

      Same society that thinks facts are racist.

      Same society that wants people that never owned slaves to give their money to people that have never been slaves.

      I could go on, but I’m sure you haven’t been in a coma for the last 20 years.

  5. AW1Ed says:

    No reason for the Imam to physically be in the death chamber; most have an observation room for victim’s family, reporters, and general witnesses. Park his Imam-ass there for the festivities.

    Rather a moot point by now anyway.

  6. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:

    Breaking News:

    The USSC did however say, “although we won’t rule in favor of having an Iman in attendance for you, we will arrange for an undertaker”.

  7. Roh-Dog says:

    Well, I found a real problem here, “[Ray] was the 64th inmate executed in Alabama since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976”, according to the article.

    Compared to Texas, Alabama is slacking like a mo’fo’!

  8. Old 1SG, US Army (retired) says:

    Let’s go ‘Bama… Roll Tide Roll, we need to get those numbers up!

    Good for the Court, no need to have this Iman make a spectacle of a perfectly good execution!

  9. Tallywhagger says:

    Hell, I’d hang the son-of-a-bitch and his imam too. As it were, no mortal man will be able to slay Satan, only his legion of surrogates.

  10. Outcast says:

    Go back to the gas chamber type execution as plenty of room for both in the room but no staff, close door and turn on gas. They can watch each other die.

  11. Club Manager, USA ret. says:

    Set all BS and personal feelings aside, and think about equality which is what we are supposed to be about. Not all Christians are Catholic so I surmise “priest” would be a member of their clergy or more than likely the prison Chaplin. What if the prisoner were of the Hebrew faith? Would they get a rabbi? I see no problem with having a clergy from the sonovabitch’s own faith present. What would it hurt?

    • David says:

      If the rules say prison staff, they gotta be staff. I suspect at most prisons you get who is available, and if he’s different than you: fill out a complaint card afterwards.

      • IDC SARC says:

        According to the story and some of the statements from the prison, there was a recourse for the situation. However, time was the primary factor cited for not gaining an alternative resolution. The request came too late.

        If you read the state law on executions. It says the prisoner can have their personal spiritual advisor in attendance.

        The law is written ambiguously though in that within the list of who can attend, it makes no clarification regarding who can and can’t be in the execution chamber. This is even true in the list of prison personnel.

        I know I’m like a dog with a bone on this. I just find it interesting. Maybe too many mandatory college/government diversity classes. I’m looking at it more from a know your enemy perspective though.

  12. Berliner says:

    I wish they would have played a tape of snorting and squealing pigs until he expired.

  13. MSG Eric says:

    If he’d have done this raping and killing in the 9th circuit’s territory, they probably would’ve ruled that the girl’s family be executed while he and an Imam watched.

    • Here in The People’s Republik, we have the highest number of “death row inmates.” I know not to expect any more executions for at least the next 8 years.
      Now that the communists have a super mega majority here, shit is jumping from light speed passing up ludicrous and going full plaid.

  14. Slick Goodlin says:


    Your soul belongs to Allah

    But your ass belongs to the Alabama Department of Corrections

  15. JarHead Pat says:

    Didnt they already kill this guy? Im sure i saw that somewhere?

  16. IDC SARC says:

    I dunno. Seems to me this is textbook discrimination. If a religious affiliate is present, then there should be an appropriate affiliate there.

    I can go off for days how many fucks I don’t give about this asshole because of his criminality, but that’s not really the issue.

    One concern I have is the chance that some family is gonna challenge this after the guy’s execution and get fukking rich.

    • rgr769 says:

      No family is going to have a viable claim for damages for this. The prison is just following its regs and procedures for execution, not violating anyone’s religious rights.

      • IDC SARC says:

        Maybe…maybe not. Their regulations don’t make them immune to scrutiny or the decisions of a judge convinced otherwise. Time will tell.

        If their regs said all prisoners in this scenario had to have an Imam…the perspective changes a bit, but by their regs not the principle.

        In a country founded in no small part on religious freedom this seems (IMO)to be obvious bias.

        • rgr769 says:

          Wrong. This has nothing to do with religious freedom. Stick to medicine. Think about whether a suicide bomber has an imam present when he/she hits the detonator switch. This is an entirely fabricated controversy; don’t get sucked in by the agitprop.

          • IDC SARC says:

            “Think about whether a suicide bomber has an imam present when he/she hits the detonator switch.”

            So the christian murderers that receive pastoral counseling prior to execution do so because they killed their victims with kindness?

            If the government acknowledges the need( apparently mandates)for a spiritual representative, then they opened that door.

            I’m not sucked into anything other than the linear progression of cause and effect here.

            • IDC SARC says:

              as expected the ACLU is involved in this, so the Islamophobia angle is already out there. That could have been easily avoided.


              • rgr769 says:

                Well of course they are. But the facts are that the dirtbag was allowed to pow-wow with his “imam” before his execution and was allowed in the viewing room during the execution. If the prison allowed any random claimed cleric of choice in the execution room, it would impair security. Every condemned inmate would demand someone of his or her choice in the room under some feigned religious rubric. Since when do convicted condemned murderers get to determine the details of their executions? And as far as ‘slamophobia, I hope you don’t fear them; anyway that is just more agitprop by our self-avowed enemy fifth column.

                • IDC SARC says:

         keep turning this into mah feelz. I wasn’t discussing mah feelz.

                  I’d happily save the time and money just snap his neck. I’m surprised you’d think otherwise.

                  • rgr769 says:

                    No I don’t; I know you are on our side. I just won’t give the American Commie Criminals Union credit for doing anything to really protect any Constitutional Amendment. I just question how religious freedom warrants what they are claiming, especially when we are talking about the Religion of Pieces. I just would have kicked the prison chaplain out of the room and problem solved.

  17. Jarhead says:

    My first thought would be to let the P O S remain in a cage for the remainder of his life. But then again, he no doubt loves opening his back door for those who enjoy rubbing their dicks against hemorrhoids. There’s a special place in hell for animals like this. Were I a relative of any of the victims, and had some say about how he goes so far down he has to look up to see hell; first I’d rinse his eyes out with Drano just to ease his having to see what was done to him. Next, I’d marinate him in a refrigerator while he was covered in penguin shit for two hours. Then, I’d bake his candy ass for two hours @ 350 degrees in Bama’s infamous “Yellow Mama”. If there was any crust left, I’d feed it to the pigeons .Yeh, I know I’m just a big softee…..but I can’t guarantee he’d enjoy my directions to hell when he was slowly checking out.

  18. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    This was my coment yesterday and I’m sticking by it:

  19. gitarcarver says:

    It is somewhat important to note that in this 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court turned the request down on procedural grounds – specifically that Ray waited too long to make the claim of wanting an iman.

    While the four Justices who voted for the stay concentrated on the religious aspects, the five judges who denied it seemed to be saying what people have said for years – that they are tired of last minute appeals on cases like this.

    The bottom line is that while this case turned on procedural deadlines, most people think that if the issue had been raised earlier, the Supreme Court would have ruled in favor of Day.

    The bad thing about this is that many people – including the cited article here – won’t give the reason for the denial of the stay and instead leave readers to think that there was some sort of religious bigotry going on. That misinformation will get more people riled up based on their ignorance.

  20. OWB says:

    Overly simplistic, for sure, but I cannot help but consider the thousands of warriors who died without benefit of their denominationally specific clergy at their side. Sure, in most cases they were in a position to be killed as a result of the choices they made. So did this PoS, except that his actions did not approach anything worthy of any variety of chaplain’s blessing.

  21. Berliner says:

    I’ll just leave this here for Onion fans

    • IDC SARC says:

      Funny thing is the procedure for lethal injection is the same sequence we use for rapid neuromuscular blockade routinely in emergency patients. They don’t move and they don’t feel shit. We put them out and perform invasive airway and surgical procedures on them. The only only different is once the prisoner is under blockade, rather than undergoing insertion of chest tubes, placement of central lines, hemorrhage control, or other routinely need procedures in the Emergency room he’s given potassium chloride I.V. to stop the heart.

      So, it is known that the blockade is not cruel and unusual, but yanno, the libtards must be right…or something.

  22. Jeffery Monroe says:

    First Off He Is Not A Muslim But A Sick Pathetic Black Murdering Thug Criminal -Imans are not real Pastors Since They Are A Cult Not A Religon