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Lubbock terror case questionnaire tossed aside


Attorneys for Lubbock's nationally-known terror suspect will not get to use a jury questionnaire they put before the local federal judge on September 5th. 

Khalid Aldawsari, 21, was arrested in February and charged with Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction.  According to court records, his proposed targets included the home of former President George W. Bush.  He's accused of collecting the materials for a chemical bomb in his central Lubbock apartment.  If convicted, Aldawsari faces any number of years in prison. 

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings ruled that Aldawsari's attorneys cannot use the questionnaire that includes questions such as: 

  • When you hear the word "Muslim," what are the thoughts, if any, that come to your mind?
  • What is your view(s) of the Muslim or Islamic faith?
  • Is there anything about Islamic teachings or doctrine that is personally offensive to you?
  • Have you had personal contact with people who are Muslim, or of Palestinian or of Arab descent? 
  • Have you had any experience(s) with Muslims or Arabs that prejudices you against them?

Prosecutors challenged the questionnaire as including subjects that need court supervision.  Prospective jurors are typically questioned in-person, with the judge present, prior to a trial in a process called voir dire. So, the defense might get to ask many of the same questions anyway.

Also on Thursday, the judge granted Aldawsari's attorneys permission to file a motion for change of venue after the deadline for new motions "if and when the defense establishes that prejudicial, inflammatory publicity has so saturated the community jury pool as to render it virtually impossible to obtain an impartial jury."

CLICK HERE to see the questionnaire. 

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