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Juan A. Lozano

Juan A. Lozano is an author at Religion News Service.

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Texas executes inmate who fought prayer, touch rules

By Juan A. Lozano and Michael Graczyk — October 5, 2022
(RNS) — John Henry Ramirez challenged state prison rules that prevented his pastor from touching him and praying aloud during his execution, saying his religious freedom was being violated.

Judge: Execution can’t proceed without religious requests

By Juan A. Lozano — July 7, 2022
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials granted all of Gonzales’ requests except for allowing his spiritual adviser to hold his hand.

Another Texas execution delayed on religious freedom claims

By Juan A. Lozano — September 17, 2021
The Supreme Court granted him a stay because his spiritual adviser was not allowed to accompany him in the death chamber.

Texas man gets execution delay over pastor’s touch request

By Juan A. Lozano and Michael Graczyk — September 9, 2021
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — John Henry Ramirez won a reprieve Wednesday evening from execution after claiming the state was violating his religious freedom by not letting his pastor lay hands on him at the time of his lethal injection.
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