Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Jesus Saves

If you or a murderer you know would care for a reduced criminal punishment, I suggest that you attempt to poison your neighborhood, gullible jury by raising Bible passages. The Colorado Supreme Court Monday threw out a death sentence on the grounds that the jury discussed Scripture in their closed sentencing deliberations. The opinion of the court suggested that many consider the Bible to be "codes of law," which could have influenced at least one juror inappropriately in the case.

Colorado Governor Bill Owens remarked correctly that the ruling was "demeaning to people of all faith." Apparently referencing the Bible while jurors were wrestling with their moral dilemma in executing a prisoner is inapposite to consulting the modern International laws in executing 17 year olds (Simmons v. Roper).