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Kentucky Court Rules on ‘so Help Me God’ in Courtroom Oaths

The Kentucky Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, ruled here Friday that the words “so help me God” at the end of a courtroom oath were permissible if the individual receiving the oath did not object.

Rejecting an appeal against a burglary conviction in which the accused challenged the oath given to jurors at his trial, the Appeals Court ruling said that, if a person being sworn made no objection to the form of the oath, it would be presumed that the form conformed to his conscience.