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Saturday, July 2, 2005

Prosecutor Tells Jury Not to Believe Defendant Because He is Islamic

From Law.com:  "In a recent criminal trial in Virginia, the prosecutor told the jury that the defendant couldn't be trusted to tell the truth, that he would lie to their faces -- all because of his religious beliefs.  The defendant, an American citizen accused of supporting terrorism, was convicted. The religion in question, of course, was Islam.  Now, the Virginia attorney representing Ali Al-Timimi is pushing for a new trial, saying that prosecutors secured the guilty verdict by appealing to religious bigotry against Muslims."  Story . . . [Mark Godsey]

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