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Mark B. Greenlee is Senior Attorney, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; Allegheny College, B.S. 1980; Capital University, J.D. 1983. The views expressed herein are those of the author and not those of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. This article begins the task I deferred in a previous article describing appellate court references to Jesus' command to love your neighbor as yourself and exploring the appropriate parameters for reference to religious beliefs in judicial decisions. See Mark B. Greenlee, Echoes of the Love Command in the Halls of Justice, 12 J.L. & REL. 255 (1995). The instant article ventures beyond the empirical study of the influence of biblical passages on appellate court decisions into the realm of the appropriateness of judicial references to the Bible in the context of criminal sentencing decisions by trial courts.

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