By Keaton Ross
Oklahoma Watch 

Rights of the condemned: What Oklahoma death row prisoners can and can't do in their final hours


September 26, 2021

The Oklahoman

Phones in the chemical room of the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

As Oklahoma prepares to carry out seven executions over a five-month stretch, the U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear oral arguments in a case that could expand civil rights for the condemned.

Convicted of murdering a convenience store worker and sentenced to death in 2008, Texas prisoner John Henry Ramirez was scheduled to be executed on Sept. 8. In the weeks leading up to the execution, Ramirez requested that his pastor be allowed to lay hands on him during the administration of lethal injection drugs.

Texas prison officials rejected Ramirez's petition, citing safety concerns. This prompt...

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