Lawyers for the man accused of the murder of 11 Jews in the Tree of Life building four years ago will not be allowed to examine potential jurors for their religious beliefs, under an order issued by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Colville issued in response to a motion from the defense.
Defense attorneys filed their request in August, seeking permission to conduct a one-question survey of potential jurors regarding their religion. excluded.
Since prosecutors demand the death penalty, the defendant’s lawyers argued that if those religious groups were not fairly represented on the jury, the defendant would be deprived of his right to a fair trial.
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Prosecutors opposed the motion because the law does not require the collection of religious information about potential jurors.
The process begins with jury selection on April 24. PJC