A woman accused of strangling her daughter on a college campus apartment in Purchase, N.Y., told them she did it because the daughter was “disrespectful all the time,” according to court papers made public Thursday. . . . When police asked what prompted Marissa to be disrespectful, her mother said, “I asked her where she was going.” She said she told her daughter, “Don’t ever speak to me like that. This will be the last time you speak to me like that.”
Here’s my question: if this woman were to argue that she had, afterall, merely done something broadly in keeping with the biblical command to remove evil children from the community (see Deuteronomy 21:21 and 21: 20), would it be proper for a jury to take her affirmation of religious motive into account?
What say you?