People can over-react to Supreme Court rulings, but this ruling, and the reaction, is going to be big.
Nothing fires up the political-industrial complex like a SCOTUS fight, and the enduring legacy of the Merrick Garland nomination non-vote.
The writing on the wall seems to clearly indicate that the high Court would rule in favor of either everyone, or no one, having the cleric of their choosing in the death chamber when their time comes.
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 Supreme Court continues to provide an interesting study in perceived contradictions with its most recent ruling. In a 5-4 decision that saw two justices switching teams, the Court voted to uphold the sentencing of a Florida man under the Armed Career Criminals Act (ACCA), which resulted in a minimum sentence of 15 years