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The LORD then gave these further instructions to Moses: 'Tell the people of Israel to keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between me and you forever. It helps you to remember that I am the LORD, who makes you holy. Yes, keep the Sabbath day, for it is holy. Anyone who desecrates it must die; anyone who works on that day will be cut off from the community. Work six days only, but the seventh day must be a day of total rest.
All 12 jurors testified at a hearing earlier this year. Several jurors, including Lana Eaton-Ochoa, said they wrote down references from the Bible on note cards, brought the cards into the deliberation room and read them aloud.
Among the Bible citations was Leviticus 24:20, which reads, "fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, as he has caused disfigurement of a man, so shall it be done to him."
Vigil said the sequestered jury discussed the biblical passages in the deliberation room "for the purpose of guiding and directing certain jurors to a particular verdict."
"This and other passages the jurors considered do more than simply encourage jurors to follow the instructions of the court," he said. "The passages mandate that death be the penalty for murder."
Defense attorney Kathleen Lord expressed satisfaction with the judge's ruling.
"The eye for an eye. That's just not the law in Colorado or in any state," Lord said. "Bible passages that were used by the jury in this case were Bible passages contradictory to Colorado law."
The judge criticized court officials for failing to make sure jurors were not exposed to outside influences. "The jury supervision performed in this case was extremely negligent and appallingly lax," he wrote.
Originally posted by JoeDoaks
For your edification Fred
Mat 5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
Mat 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
This clearly shows that had the people (jury) been Christians the guy would have walked
Originally posted by JoeDoaks
Why the death sentence for fornication? Why? You Fred are a medical person, you should understand sexually transmitted diseases. These people of the Old Testament did NOT have a neighborhood ER to run to or a pharmacist that could give them a cure for 'crotch rot.' These were wanderer's in the desert that died because of infections.
What would you do to prevent your wife from bringing home a disease that could kill you? You would make the punishment so severe that the likelihood of that occurrence would be remote. You know- AIDs. What is the punishment for deliberately infecting someone with AIDs?
"Over simplify and you breed in weakness"
Originally posted by lmgnyc
That is a major problem.
Using the bible for spiritual guidance is one thing--using your spiritual guide to sentence someone in a court of law is illegal.
Think of it this way--what if instead of a Christian bible, the five jurors in this case consulted the Quran, the Vedas, Dianetics, or even Tarot Cards as a basis for sentencing?
Originally posted by OXmanK
So...are you saying the tales and parables in the bible are outdated? That's what I am gathering...and have seen for a while...