An anonymous jury will serve in a terrorism trial where the defense and prosecution have wildly different views of both the evidence and the prospects for juror intimidation. Jury selection is set to begin Wednesday in the trial of Syed Hashmi, who was indicted in 2006 for allegedly providing material support to al-Qaida.
On Monday, Southern District of New York Judge Loretta Preska granted the government’s request for an anonymous jury, agreeing with prosecutors who argued in a memorandum that Hashmi is accused of very serious crimes and there is a genuine risk jurors might be unnerved by the publicity surrounding the case.
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