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.