by M. Jolaine Szymkowiak

The Trial, The Price, The Love
M. Jolaine Szymkowiak

In our concept of a criminal trial of today, there usually is a definite defense planned by, if not an attorney of our own choosing, a public defender. An in-depth defense by the attorney is planned to counter the action of the attorney for the prosecution. A jury is formed of the person's peers. The trial is usually held in a courtroom, surrounded by security to see that no one is harmed before, during or following the proceedings.

Very seldom do we see anyone speaking in their own defense without an attorney present advising his defendant along the way. We would be appalled at the injustice of a trial where there was persecution of the defendant from the time of arrest to the final judgment and execution. They, the perpetrators, in turn would be incarcerated and brought to trail for contempt.

The trial of Jesus Christ in His Jerusalem two thousand years ago before a Jewish court and court of Rome is an example of a "mock trial" or a "kangaroo court" situation. Thus the trial of Jesus was not run according to the Jewish law or Roman laws at the time. Normally the Sanhedrin meet in the Chamber of Hewn Stone, a special meeting place within the Temple with a court of seventy-one members. This time they meet without advanced notice, in the high priest's home even though what they will be investigating is a capital offense, with a quorum of at least twenty-three council members present. This entire meeting was extremely against Pharisaic legal ideals; however, the Sanhedrin was interested only in complying with Roman law as they saw fit, than to bother with Pharisaic technicalities.

The severe bias within the Sanhedrin is demonstrated in the cross-examination of false testimony. Under Jewish law capital offense cases false witnesses would also be put to death or severely disciplined. This did not happen and false testimony is given. At this point in the proceedings, the high priest tears his ...

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