A judge in Texas interrupted jury deliberations to let the members of the jury know that “God wanted a not-guilty verdict.”
I’m not making that up. It seems that a Texas district court judge, Jack Robison, told jurors that he had talked with God and that God told him to intervene on behalf of a woman accused of trafficking a teenage girl, her niece, for sex.
“When God tells me to do something, I gotta do it,” Robison told the jury.
Fortunately, the jurors ignored the will of Robison — and, apparently, of God — and found the defendant guilty of the charge. The judge then recused himself before the sentencing phase. The defendant’s attorney asked for a mistrial, but the new judge denied the request and the jury sentenced the woman to 25 years in prison.
Suck it God!
In an unrelated tale, how many of you know that you’re not supposed to carry a loaded gun onto an airplane? Good for you if you do know that. Some people apparently don’t.
Federal law does allow for passengers to transport unloaded guns in a locked, hard-sided container. It must be declared, and the gun cannot be packed in a carry-on.
And yet, according to the TSA, more people this past year were packing heat in airports across the country than ever before. The TSA reported that in 2017 a record-breaking number of firearms in passengers’ carry-on bags for the 10th year in a row.
Airport security screeners uncovered almost 4,000 firearms last year, representing a 16% increase from 2016. The majority of those guns — 84% — were loaded.
These guns were discovered at 239 airports nationwide, with Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport taking the top spot with 245 guns.
Suck it guns!