In a recent Virginia trial, the prosecutor told the jury the defendant couldn't be trusted because of his religious beliefs. The defendant, a U.S. citizen accused of supporting terrorism, was convicted. The religion in question: Islam. Now, attorney Edward MacMahon Jr. is pushing for a new trial, saying prosecutors secured the verdict by appealing to bigotry against Muslims. The case raises the question of how far is too far when it comes to using religious beliefs as evidence of criminal intent.
Putting Islam on the Stand
July 8, 2005