US judge rejects request to exclude Jews from jury

By JTA
March 13, 2013 00:41

A federal court judge this week rejected a Jewish attorney's request to exclude Jews from a jury involving a client facing charges of lying about joining the Taliban.

Judge Eric Vitaliano of US District Court in Brooklyn ruled Monday that it would be unconstitutional to bar a prospective juror because of religion, the New York Post reported.

“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,” Vitaliano said, according to the newspaper.

Attorney Frederick Cohn is representing Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, who is facing federal charges for lying to the FBI about his involvement with the Taliban. Shehadeh was indicted in 2010.


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