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.