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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Religious leaders oppose DA who says Bible OKs death penalty

Religious leaders oppose DA who says Bible OKs death penalty

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Religious leaders of several faiths say it was illegal for a north Louisiana district attorney to invoke the Bible when he called on a jury to impose the death penalty.

In a court filing on Monday, more than 100 religious leaders asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to throw out the death penalty imposed on a 27-year-old Shreveport man for smothering his 1-year-old son in 2012.

The religious leaders say Rodricus Crawford was wrongly sentenced to death by a Caddo Parish jury after District Attorney Dale Cox told the jurors the Bible condones the death penalty for child killers.

The legal brief on behalf of Crawford said Cox's Biblical references were both unconstitutional and wrong.

They spoke out against Cox in front of the Louisiana Supreme Court building in New Orleans.

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