Tuesday, March 29, 2005

How dare you follow my instructions.

The Legislature of the Left strikes again, this time fisking 12 jurors for following a judge's instructions.
DENVER, March 28 - In a sharply divided ruling, Colorado's highest court on Monday upheld a lower court's decision throwing out the sentence of a man who was given the death penalty after jurors consulted the Bible in reaching a verdict. The Bible, the court said, constituted an improper outside influence and a reliance on what the court called a "higher authority."

The ruling involved the conviction of Robert Harlan, who was found guilty in 1995 of raping and murdering a cocktail waitress near Denver. After Mr. Harlan's conviction, the judge in the case - as Colorado law requires - sent the jury off to deliberate about the death penalty with an instruction to think beyond the narrow confines of the law. Each juror, the judge told the panel, must make an "individual moral assessment," in deciding whether Mr. Harlan should live.

Lawyers for Mr. Harlan also specifically urged the jurors to consider biblical wisdom, according to the Supreme Court's decision, with a request that they find mercy in their hearts "as God ultimately took mercy on Abraham."
Rhetorical Question Alert! Are we to assume the judge would have sentenced Mr. Robert 'Rape & Murder' Harlan to death if the jury had instead relied on a merciful Bible passage and sentenced him to life?

Note to future jurors: Following the instructions given by the judge is great way to have your collective decision superceded by that judge.

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