Title

Buddhist Advisor Sues to Stop Execution Citing COVID-19 Risk

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2-2020

Capture Date

7-12-2020

Abstract

This article details the lawsuit filed by Reverend Seigen Hartkemeyer, a Zen Buddhist spiritual adviser, against the Trump Administration. The suit revolves around Hartkemeyer’s attendance of the execution of Wesley Purkey amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The article features Ropes & Gray LLP and the American Civil Liberties Union, both which are involved in the lawsuit. The article includes quotes from Reverend Hartkemeyer along with discussing issues of Alzheimer’s and the Eighth Amendment.

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