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Jewish Lawyer for Taliban Terrorist Demands Exclusion of Jews from Jury

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On March 11, 2013 @ 1:22 pm In The Point | 16 Comments

Abdel Hameed Shehadeh traveled to Pakistan hoping to join the Taliban believing that “if he died as a martyr in Pakistan he would have received 72 virgins as a reward.”

He tried to enlist in the army so he could go to Iraq and defect and made Jihadist websites. Now he’s on trial and his lawyer is asking to keep the Jews off the jury.

His lawyer however is Jewish.

“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.

Lawyer Frederick Cohn will ask a judge today to bar Jews from the jury hearing the case against Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, who’s accused of lying about trying to join jihadists in Pakistan.

“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 Cohn, who is Jewish.

“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.”

Apparently Cohn can be trusted to defend a Muslim terrorist, but Jewish jurors can’t be trusted to deliver a verdict. Considering the number of liberal Jews in groups such as J Street and the ACLU, the odds of ending up with self-hating Jews on a jury aren’t too bad.

While there are a number of Frederick Cohns out there who are lawyers, we are probably talking about Frederick H. Cohn who was on the short list to defend Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and has a history of defending really bad people including one of the Al Qaeda East Africa embassy bombers.

Cohn is unfortunately hardly the only Jewish terrorist lawyer out there. There are a whole bunch of them. But Cohn’s statement also shows the self-hating nature of the Jewish leftist.

But just to make matters worse…

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.

Magistrate Judge Levy will begin selecting the jury this week.

Forget excluding Jews from the jury, Cohn is going to have to try and exclude a Jewish judge from picking the jurors.


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