WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is refusing to consider a
murder case in which a jury foreman read passages of the Bible to
hold-out jurors who subsequently voted to impose the death penalty.
Without comment, the justices declined to consider whether the
jury foreman's conduct violated the rights of Jimmie Lucero, an
Amarillo, Texas, man sentenced to death after being convicted in
the shotgun slayings of three neighbors at their home in 2003.
The state of Texas argued that the Bible passage merely
duplicated instructions of the trial court.
A Texas jury took about five hours to decide on the death
penalty for ¼.
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