I have been enjoying Dan Crane posts over at CENTER FOR LAW AND RELIGION FORUM
He has a good post up called Religious Literacy Training for Law Students?
He makes the point that Law Profs are complaining that they are getting students that are not educated in things that normally they would have picked up in college or even high school. That can be in economics or in this case religion. He makes a good case a certain amount of religious literacy is needed to see how our law developed. He goes into such things as contract laws and an very intriguing example as to our legal concept of reasonable doubt. I have some comments to add on that after the excerpt
I can not tell you how that practical knowledge would have come in handy for many a lawyer. In many cases " I can't judge " is a dodge to get off jury duty. This increases when a a person gets a sense that the trial might be of some duration.
However many hold that view in a legitimate fashion. If you are an area with a high number of African Americans this " I cant' Judge " things comes up more than with other groups. This can create problems for the prosecutor if he is appealed ( what no blacks on the jury ) and to a defense attorney that wanted a African American on the jury but got the " I can 't Judge " roadblock. I use the African American example because in my area it is the demographic that this comes up most with.
That little knowledge used by a lawyer in a criminal trial might have come in real handy in their dialogue with a prospective juror.