More from Those Crazy Courts!
From the Wall Street Journal:
"The U.S. Supreme Court may cite precedent from Jamaica and Zimbabwe, but jurors cannot rely on the Bible for wisdom, the Colorado Supreme Court has ruled. The latter high court threw out the death sentence of Robert Harlan, who murdered a cocktail waitress in 1995, because 'jurors consulted the Bible in reaching a verdict,' the New York Times reports.
"Apparently relying on the Bible was the defense counsel's idea: '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.' Instead, they went with the eye-for-an-eye precedent."