(WASHINGTON D.C., 9/2/2021) – The Kentucky chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Kentucky) today supported moving two federal trials from a district in which a state prosecutor made a racist remark.
Two Louisville criminal lawyers have asked that two federal drug trials be moved from Kentucky’s Eastern District, where the commonwealth’s attorney for Knox and Laurel counties referred to Black people as “colored” during the trial of one of their clients in 2018. The lawyers said their two defendants, both Black, would be “denied due process of law and a fundamentally fair trial” in the district. The federal district judge presiding over the cases gave the government until Sept. 6 to respond to the motion.
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In a statement, CAIR-Kentucky Chair Salah Shakir said:
“The threat to justice posed by trying the two defendants in this district must not be ignored. We support moving the trials and urge the state to grant the motion. All Americans are entitled to due process and a fair trial, and it is the responsibility of the government to ensure that this right is protected.”
Shakir said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.
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