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Boston Bombing Jury Excludes Some Catholics

posted on January 28, 2015

For USA Today, G. Jeffrey MacDonald reports, “As the quest for a jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial approaches its fourth week, some of the area’s 2 million Roman Catholics are growing frustrated with criteria that effectively disqualify followers of church teachings.” Potential jurors must be able to impose the death penalty or a life sentence, MacDonald reports, putting them at odds with Catholic catechism forbidding execution when other means exist to protect the public. This obstacle compounds the difficulty of selecting a jury in Boston, where 46 percent of the city is Catholic and 69 percent of potential jurors have already admitted having connections to the case.

Read at USA Today