Seeking to Alter Jury Selection, Lawyer in Terror Case Cites Donald Trump’s Muslim Remarks

For months, Donald J. Trump has used his role as a provocateur to attract attention and high poll numbers in the Republican presidential campaign. But now some of his statements are being used for another purpose: changing the jury selection process for a man accused in a terrorism case in New York.

A defense lawyer for the man claims that Mr. Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims’ entering the United States will make it harder to find unbiased jurors when her client goes to trial next month.

The defendant, Minh Quang Pham, was extradited to the United States this year from Britain and faces trial in February on charges of providing material support to Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen and on other counts. He is also a practicing Muslim, his lawyer has said in court papers.

  • Millie_Woods

    Ya, potential jurists had never heard of Islamic terrorism until Trump mentioned it.

    You’d have to be a judge in New York to fall for that shit.

    • Seriously, Lawyers will try anything.

      • tom_billesley

        The lawyer wants a jury of his peers – all mahometan.
        Not mentioning his religion and trying him on the facts wouldn’t do.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Many hold fast to the notion that one has to be REALLY, REALLY intelligent to become a lawyer. And that is just SO NOT TRUE. I’ve dealt with lawyers who were as thick as trees. I would say lawyers are generally of average intelligence, though most come up short in the ethical and moral categories.

  • It wasn’t Donald Trump who misrepresented what Donald Trump suggested to the Obama administration about Muslim immigration in view of the San Bernardino attack: “Maybe we should put a [temporary] pause on Muslim immigration until we can figure out what’s going on”.

    It was the Left press and the Obama administration who misrepresented Donald Trump’s suggestion, e.g:
    “The King of Jordan will not be able to visit the U.S.!”
    “We will have to shut down all tourism from Muslim countries!”
    “We will have to kick out all the Muslims who are here on Student visas!”
    “We will not be able to receive Diplomats from the Middle East!”
    “Incarcerating all Muslims who are U.S. citizens in concentration camps is the same thing we did to Japanese-Americans in World War Two!”

    Et cetera. How any intelligent human being can extrapolate the above from Trump’s seventeen-word statement, is beyond me. None of it has to do with putting a pause on Muslim immigration in order to figure out where the breakdown was in the immigration system that allowed the San Bernardino terrorists into the U.S. Not that I believe in discriminating on religious grounds — Trump should have used words such as “people immigrating from known terrorist areas” or something. But it was up to the Obama administration to tweak the suggestion if Obama thought it had any value. Not to misrepresent it and whip everyone into an “Islamophobia” frenzy.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      One year to go until the jihadist-in-chief is out of the White House.

  • Clear Thinker

    How he stands trial in Jerusalem in front of my Knights Templar? I would give him trial by ordeal.

  • tom_billesley

    His lawyer, Bobbi C Sternheim.
    Last year she defended Khaled al-Fawwaz, former top aide to Osama bin Laden, over the 1998 bombing of embassies in Africa.
    He got life.

  • moraywatson

    Oh c’mon! Everybody knows muslims have nothing to do with islam!