August 15, 2008
Capital punishment news and notes
In addition to lots of new posts of note at Capital Defense Weekly and StandDown Texas Project, Howard Bashman got a chance here, just before heading out on a deserved vacation, to report on this Fifth Circuit ruling that denies habeas relief to Texas death row inmate complaining that jurors improperly considered passages from the Bible during the sentencing phase of their deliberations.
As noted in prior posts linked below the issue of Bible-influenced capital sentencing comes up a fair amount and it may only be a matter of time before the Supreme Court takes up a case like this new one from the Fifth Circuit.
Some related prior posts:
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I guess reading the New Testament was out of the question.
Posted by: Zack | Aug 15, 2008 3:08:05 PM
"And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death." - Leviticus 24:17
Posted by: realist | Aug 15, 2008 5:35:45 PM
There's a new Testament? Will the ills of modernity never cease?
Posted by: DK | Aug 15, 2008 7:55:42 PM
Why can't jurors consider the Bible in their deliberations? Seems like a non-issue.
Posted by: federalist | Aug 15, 2008 10:37:18 PM
consider the bible, write their own evidence, make stuff up...what's the problem?
Posted by: Anon | Aug 15, 2008 11:33:30 PM