According to Amnesty International USA
, the state of Texas is set to execute someone after the jury consulted the bible during deliberations in deciding in favor of execution.
From the story:
One juror had read aloud from the Bible to a group of fellow jurors, including the passage, "And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death".
[A] judge ruled that the jury had not acted improperly and this was upheld by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
Amnesty International is asking that the death penalty be put aside. Khristian Oliver, 32, is set to be killed on 5 November.
Again, from the story:
One juror interview later said that "he believed 'the Bible is truth from page 1 to the last page,' and that if civil law and biblical law were in conflict, the latter should prevail. He said that if he had been told he could not consult the Bible, 'I would have left the courtroom.' He described himself as a death penalty supporter, saying life imprisonment was a 'burden' on the taxpayer."
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the case.
Isn't America great! The land of justice for all!