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“You Have Just Convicted Jesus Christ”

Shawn Francis Peters

in The Catonsville Nine

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827855
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950140 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827855.003.0017
“You Have Just Convicted Jesus Christ”

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The Catonsville Nine were found guilty by the jury. After the verdicts were announced, a voice rang out in the courtroom. “Members of the jury,” a man boomed, “you have just found Jesus Christ guilty!” The outburst shocked everyone. Heads immediately turned toward the speaker. A few moments of wary silence passed before a murmur began to rise in the gallery. A few people voiced their approval of the exclamation, saying, “We second that.” The commotion outraged Judge Thomsen. His patience finally exhausted, he banged his gavel and announced, “Let the man be escorted from the courtroom. Clear the courtroom!” It turned out that the culprit was Art Melville, defendant Tom Melville's brother. With the spectators now gone, Thomsen and the attorneys wrapped up the trial. There was discussion of when the Nine would be sentenced and what would become of some of the items that had been entered into evidence.

Keywords: Roszel Cathcart Thomsen; Art Melville; Tom Melville; Catonsville Nine

Chapter.  6643 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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