The Trial of Jesus
Will the jury sentence Jesus to death under current California law?
Join us for a mock sentencing trial of Jesus and then participate in the
jury deliberations! A panel discussion afterward will give you an
opportunity to ask questions as you think through legal, social, and
faith issues related to the death penalty.
Prop 34, which seeks to replace the death penalty
with a life sentence without possibility of parole, is on the ballot in
California this fall. This trial is an opportunity for you to wrestle
with how you will vote on it.
The prosecuting attorney for this trial, Mark Osler,
has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and teaches law at the
University of St. Thomas. The defense attorney for this trial, Jeanne Bishop,
is an assistant public defender in the Office of the Cook County Public
Defender in Illinois and the sister of Nancy Bishop Langert, who was
murdered along with her husband and their unborn child in 1990. Since
the killing of her family members, she has been a passionate advocate
for violence prevention, sensible gun laws, and forgiveness. (Read more of her story here.)
This event is presented by Fuller's Just Peacemaking Initiative.