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New York Attorney Asks That Jews be Removed from Jury

March 11, 2013 9:08 am 14 comments

Suspected terrorist Abdel Hameed Shehadeh.

An attorney in New York has asked a judge to exclude Jewish jurors from the trial of his client, the New York Post reports.

“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,” said Frederick Cohn, whose client, Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, is accused of lying about trying to join jihadists in Pakistan.

“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.” Cohn, who is Jewish, added.

The subject of the controversial ban first arose at a recent court hearing.

“Your Honor . . . as you know, I’m not wild about having Jews on the jury in this case,” Cohn told Brooklyn federal Judge Eric Vitaliano in February.

Federal prosecutors William Sarratt and James Loonam reacted with alarm.

“I don’t think Judge [Robert] Levy will be ready to violate the Constitution and exclude people from the jury on the basis of their religious beliefs,” Sarratt told the judge.

Cohn said he recognizes that his request is controversial but that he doesn’t “know of a gentler way to deal with this, and sometimes you have to wield a meat ax.”

Magistrate Judge Levy will begin selecting the jury this week.


  • Brilliant legal move.He knows Jews won’t be excluded and he knows that therefore a conviction of this useless dirtbag will be blamed on the Jews. Therefore,Jewish jurors will feel compelled to find a way to exonerate this animal.However, most liberal Jews will side against Israel anyway, so Frederick should want to pack the jury with nyc Jews.
    Who is paying the Lawyer’s fees?

  • So if the attorney is able to exclude all Jews does that open the door to any defendant attempting to exclude someone whose beliefs are different? pathetic!!!

  • NewYorkBagels

    This is why we need military trials, its not a crime to join a Jihadi group, its an Act of War.

  • Bathsheva Gladstone

    I guess there is a point. If I were to bomb one of their mosques, I don’t think I’d want to have a bunch of muslims on the jury. But then on the other hand, isn’t there such a thing as reaping what you sow?

    Perhaps someone should have told mr. uglyface, abdel hameed shehadeh, that if he didn’t have the time (to sit and let his stinking carcass–rot in jail), he shouldn’t do the crime.

  • Should only those who find nothing objectionable about murder be selected for juries in murder trials? Should you have to be fairly ok with the idea of rape in order to sit in a rape trial jury? This is preposterous and will hopefully be rejected.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Next we’ll hear how Jews shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

  • David Makowsky

    I am thinking the lawyer is making a mistake. All it takes is one to hang a jury, and I don’t think they will have problems finding several anti Israel Jews in the Jury pool.

    There is no shortage of self – haters in the Jewish Community.

  • Also in WW II we had kapos

  • When you “wield a meat axe”, expect blood to splatter.

  • This lawyer may be Jewish, but he is an idiot. If anything it is liberal American Jews who are most likely to exonerate an Islamic murderer, just at is is liberal Jews who fight for a mosque near the World Trade Center. An intelligent non-jew is far more likely to throw the book at a Muslim terrorist.

  • Baruch Goldstein

    Was Eichman tried by gentiles?

  • Typical Leftist racism.

  • Leslie Hertz Firestone

    So, what is next on this slippery slope? A person is on trial for pedophilia so all parents should be excluded from the jury? A person on trial is white so all blacks should be excluded from the jury? Mr. Cohn’s logic is seriously flawed…this is precisely why he gets to voir dire prospective jury members. Every jury member comes to the courtroom with baggage of their beliefs and experiences…that is how our justice system works!

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