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Jury Uses Bible to Decide Whether to Execute

The Supreme Court upheld a decision from a jury that consulted the Bible.

Jurors reviewed a biblical passage relating that a murderer who used an iron object to kill “shall surely be put to death.” They were deciding whether to impose a death sentence on Khristian Oliver for fatally shooting and bludgeoning his victim with the barrel of a gun.

I’m fine with the Supreme Court’s decision. The jurors made their choice, and it has to be somewhat up to their own sense of morality, I guess. Still, I find it irritating that at least some of the jurors lacked the courage to make a moral choice on their own, rather than appealing to an ancient authority that also thinks working on a Sunday is punishable by death (per Mark Frauenfelder of Boing Boing:

Exodus 35:2 Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.

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