He wants to make sure there are no Jews on the jury. As reported by both the New York Post and then Algemeiner, Mr. Frederick Cohn had the nerve to stand up in court and say the following:
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...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...Your Honor . . . as you know, I’m not wild about having Jews on the jury in this case.The fact that this violates the US Constitution doesn't seem to bother Freddie.
The fact that he himself is Jewish doesn't bother him either.
Smart move on the part of Abdel Hameed Shehadeh in hiring a Jewish lawyer - only a Jew would have the nerve to make such an outrageous request.
Personally, I once had the hope that separating people on the basis of their religion had gone out with the Nazis. But of course, this is what the terrorists did at Entebbe in 1976, when they separated the Jewish and Israeli passengers aboard a hijacked Air France plane.
I know the world screams when Israel even attempts to profile based on religion and/or appearance. So, if I understand this correctly, according to the world of Fredrick Cohn, it's illegal to profile by religion to stop someone who might be planning on blowing up a plane or murdering people, but it is legal to profile Jews to let get his client off for trying to join a terrorist organization to commit Jihad....yeah, that makes sense...
The judge's name, by the way, is Robert Levy. Extrapolating without any proof, it seems really quite funny that the lawyer is Cohn (similar and probably belonging to the priestly tribe of Cohanim) and the judge is a Levy (similar and probably belonging to the tribe of Levi).
Usually, those from the Cohanim "out-rank" those of the tribe of Levi - but I'm going to assume that the Levi in this case is not going to yield to the Cohn.
As for Mr. Fredrick Cohn...the only thing I can say is that while I understand you have to defend your client, that you might actually want to defend your client - you really are dumb.