"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."
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.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Terrorist Defense Attorney Tries to Exclude Jews from Jury
I'm outraged by this but I have to say I find it somewhat ironic/funny that a guy named Cohn tries to convince a judge that having Jews on the jury (a jury selected by a judge named Levy) would be unfair because Jews couldn't be impartial in a terror case: