In 2013, a Louisiana jury sentenced Rodricus Crawford to death after the prosecutor, Dale Cox, argued that Jesus Christ commanded the punishment. Crawford, a twenty-three-year-old African-American man from Shreveport, was convicted of suffocating his one-year-old son. In a memo to Louisiana’s probation department, Cox recommended that Crawford receive “as much physical suffering as it is humanly possible to endure before he dies.”

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