Judge rejects lawyer’s bid to keep Jews off jury

Accused terrorist Abdel Hameed Shehadeh

Accused terrorist Abdel Hameed Shehadeh
Photo Credit: New York Post

A New York defense lawyer attempted to trample the Constitution and keep Jewish people off the jury for his accused Muslim terrorist client, but a federal judge shot down the proposal Monday.

Jewish lawyer Frederick Cohn asked Brooklyn federal Judge Eric Vitaliano to keep Jews off the jury in the case of American born Abdel Hameed Shehadeh who allegedly lied about trying to join the Taliban in Pakistan.

Shehadeh is “charged with three counts of making false statements in connection with a terrorism offense,” the New York Post reported Tuesday.

The Post reported in a Monday article that Cohn argued to the judge:

Given that there’s going to be inflammatory testimony about Jews and Zionism, I think it would be hard for Jews to cast aside any innate antipathy.

The American Jewish community is heavily aligned with Israel and Zionism. Here is a guy who is a Muslim, who is opposed to those things.

However, Tuesday’s article reported, Vitaliano “ruled that using only a person’s religion to exclude them from a jury would be unconstitutional,” adding, “Only those unwilling to set aside their personal convictions can be weeded out.”

“If any juror — regardless of race, creed, national origin, sex — can’t accept the instruction of the court . . . that juror doesn’t belong on the jury,” the judge said, according to the Post.

Read the articles from the New York Post here and here.

Janeen Capizola

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6 thoughts on “Judge rejects lawyer’s bid to keep Jews off jury

  1. KB Cook says:

    Isn't that what Voir Dire is for? Was this the first case the NY defense atty was trying? or did he think he could skirt the law? Good call on the part of the judge.

  2. Steven Strimling says:

    In addition to being Uncosnstitutional, it is factually wrong, as this idiot defense attorney should be able to attest!

    This is a fictional account of the conversation;

    Judge; "Aren't you Jewish?"

    Cohn; "Yes"

    Judge; "Haven't you been able to cast aside your 'innate antipathy, and defend this scumbag?"

    Cohn; "Yes"

    Judge; "And why shouldn't any potential Jewish jury members be able to do so, idiot?"

    1. Stephen says:

      Which s what makes this story so amusing in the first place!

  3. Barry says:

    Why not go further and keep Americans off of the jury?

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