Religion: The Jesus Trial

The Council of Trent dealt with the matter in the 16th century, the Second Vatican Council took it up again in the 20th, and the issue has been debated in countless forums in the intervening years. But the question of whether the Jews or the Romans were ultimately responsible for the execution of Jesus had never been threshed out in a civil court of law. Last week a two-month trial of the matter in Troyes, France, came to an end. The verdict: the Romans killed Jesus.

The actual plaintiff in the case, popularly known as "the Jesus trial," was Jacques Isorni, 63,...

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