- Making News: Iraqi Prime Minister, President Storm out of Session
In Iraq today, the second session of the newly elected parliament dissolved in acrimony over failure to form a new government. Meantime, in the White House Rose Garden, President Bush insisted that progress toward democracy is being made. Jill Carroll, who is in Baghdad for the Christian Science Monitor, says the reasons for the gridlock are religious in nature.
- Reporters Notebook: Death Penalty Thrown Out Because of Jury's Bible Study
In 1995, Robert Harlan got the death penalty for kidnap, rape and murder. Instructed to think beyond the narrow confines of the law, jurors consulted the Bible before reaching their decision. Yesterday, the Colorado Supreme Court threw out the sentence because of the "distraction of extraneous texts." Harlan will now serve life in prison without parole. Edward Larson is a visiting professor of law at Pepperdine University in Southern California.
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