My technician sent the below post on Facebook allegedly written by one of the biggest spending lawyer advertisers in the Chattanooga market. Even this may pass the current expansion of the original ruling in the 1977 Bates decision but it appears to blatantly violate the Tennessee Supreme Court decision of State v. Middlebrooks 995 S.W. 2d 550 (1999), and the opinion by late Justice Riley Anderson banning Biblical references in criminal cases which is likewise applicable in civil cases.
“We have condemned Biblical and scripture reference in a prosecutors (plaintiffs?) closing remarks so frequently that it is difficult not to conclude that the remarks in this case were made either with blatant disregard for our decision or a level of astonishing ignorance of the state of the law in this regard.”
Is this post proper for injection into our legal system or another deceptive tactic attempting to secure more cases by citing the Bible?
Facebook Post By Local Lawyer Advertiser
“Any lawyer who has tried a jury case against me knows that in my closing statements, I thank the jury then read the Parable of the Good Samaritan from my orange Bible. The insurance company lawyers squirm in their seats, unsure of what to do. Do they object to the use of a Holy Bible in the courtroom? Of course not, we used the Bible to swear in each witness.
Our Master teaches us that all of us are neighbors, and we should be proactive in helping others, like the example Jesus gives from His lips. The Good Samaritan did not avoid helping the injured man, like the priest or a Levite did, but “bandaged his wounds...put the man on his donkey and took him to an inn and took care of him”.
I am now the one squirming when I see how we are treating our neighbors. Brothers and sisters, how do we square our Master’s teachings with what is happening in this country? Do we really think we are behaving like we were taught to behave when Jesus was asked (by a snarky lawyer of course) “Who is my neighbor?”
Do we really believe Jesus was talking just about people born in the USA?
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