2 thoughts on “American Torquemadas Lose Again–Acquaintance of 9/11 Hijackers Acquited – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. I am one of the defense lawyers for Mr. Awadallah. His acquittal came as the result of the understanding of oppression by Jewish jurors. The first trial, where the jury was picked without specifically addressing juror prejudice around 9/11, was a hung jury when one Jewish juror held out under enormous pressure. He was the real hero in the case.

    In the second trial, we put three Jewish women on the jury and they all immediately voted for acquittal and convinced 4 others-who were the original holdouts–to acquit him. After the verdict, they told the government that they needed a refresher course in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

  2. Ms. Fink: Thanks for that background information. By my lights, this is something we Jews should be proud of. I, for one, am glad that we can teach the Justice Dept. a few lessons about the meaning of the Constitutional rights and due process. Because of our history of past oppression we know that but for the grace of God it could be us facing grand juries and endless imprisonment. It’s happened to us before. That’s why we don’t want to let it happen to anyone else.

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