Jesus On (Mock) Trial In Virginia

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What would Jesus a modern jury do?

That’s exactly what Mark Osler, a former U.S. Attorney, asked while holding a mock trial for Jesus in Richmond, Virginia.


Church members and guests at the Church of the Holy Comforter played the role of the jury and used Virginia law to retry the sentencing phase of the blasphemy case against Jesus of Nazareth last week.

Osler wanted to hold the trial in part to call attention to the state’s use of capital punishment, which has the second highest amount of executions in the United States.

The former attorney-turned-professor believes “that story is very direct that we don’t have the moral authority” to execute prisoners.

So what did the modern day jury decide after hearing arguments from the prosecution and defense council?

While the jury believed the defendant would blaspheme again if not executed, the judge said:

“The majority of the juries voting on that issue found that the death sentence is not warranted. The defendant is remanded to the jailer for the rest of your natural life.”

So based on current Virginia laws, Jesus would live! Hooray! Only to rot away in prison. Boo! At least he’d be alive to appeal. Ha!

What do U think about this mock trial? Does it make U think twice about capital punishment?

Apr 23, 2011 10:40am PDT

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