It’s Wednesday Writs, West Virginia Day edition! WV Day isn’t until tomorrow, but now is a good time to brush up on how we became a state, in our case of the week. Also: several SCOTUS updates, a “Cops” expose, John Denver, and more!
A practicing Muslim requested the presence of his imam at his execution and was told no; he’d have to make do with the prison’s Christian chaplain or no spiritual leader at all as he met his state-sponsored end. SCOTUS agreed.
The swiftness with which Dazia Lee was charged, compared to the months that went by before it was decided that the deputies would face prosecution for essentially the same thing, certainly raises some questions as to the disparate treatment of differently situated individuals in society.