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Justice Brett Kavanaugh (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ ALM)

In a late-hour 7-2 decision Thursday night, the U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution of Texas death row inmate Patrick Murphy because the state did not permit a Buddhist spiritual adviser to accompany him in the execution chamber.

Tony Mauro

Tony Mauro, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. A lead writer for ALM's Supreme Court Brief, Tony focuses on the court's history and traditions, appellate advocacy and the SCOTUS cases that matter most to business litigators. Contact him at tmauro@alm.com. On Twitter: @Tonymauro

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