Jury Shopping

Sammy Brownback instigated a metric ton of crap in Kansas before his nomination to suck up to the Pope sidelined him, but this blatant instance of political jury shopping has to be one of his most striking byblows of his reign.

Three men accused of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees asked a federal judge [last] Friday to include prospective jurors from rural western Kansas because they are twice as likely to have voted for President Donald Trump.

A defense motion argues that plans to only summon citizens in the more urban counties closest to the federal courthouse in Wichita is a discriminatory practice that excludes rural and conservative jurors. The trial begins March 19.

Gavin Wright, Patrick Stein and Curtis Allen are charged with conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and conspiracy against civil rights for allegedly planning to detonate truck bombs in the meatpacking town of Garden City the day after the November 2016 election. Wright also faces a charge of lying to the FBI.

The three men, who were indicted in October 2016, have pleaded not guilty.

“This case is uniquely political because much of the anticipated evidence will center around, and was in reaction to, the 2016 Presidential election,” defense attorneys wrote.

They also argued the case will require jurors to weigh whether the alleged conduct constitutes a crime or whether it is constitutionally protected speech and assembly and the right to bear arms. 1 2

The U.S. attorney’s office said in an email that it was “evaluating the motion.” 3

Kansas is fucked for another generation.

Jury Shopping

Show 3 footnotes

  1. Since when is plotting to bomb a mosque considered “political speech”?
  2.   While we’re at it…since when are “bombs” protected by the Second Amendment?
  3. Where, we trust, evaluating the motion equals “laughing their asses off hysterically.”

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