Magazine article Tikkun

Death Penalty and the Jews

Magazine article Tikkun

Death Penalty and the Jews

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John R. Quatman, a former prosecutor in California, revealed that he was advised by a judge to get rid of Jewish jurors if he ever wanted to get the death penalty for convicted murderers. The judge, the late Stanley Golde, asked Quatman into his chambers and asked him why he had not removed a prospective Jewish juror. Golde told him that he could not have a Jew on the jury, and asked Quatman if he was aware that when Adolf Eichmann was apprehended, there was a major controversy in Israel about whether a man responsible for the death of millions should be executed. Judge Golde warned Quatman that "no Jew would vote to send a defendant to the gas chamber. " Quatman reports that he thereafter excused any prospective juror who was Jewish. Golde also advised other prosecutors that "if you have a cop case, be careful of blacks on the jury, because they don't like cops."

Tikkun-oriented Jews might be flattered by this version of Jewish consciousness, further proof of the continuing resilience of Jewish religious values. …

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