Neil Vidmar


On September 11, 2001 all Americans became victims. The threat of terrorism at home and abroad, now and for the indefinite future, is not only to their physical safety and economic well-being, but also to their deeply held social and political values. The terrorists have been identified as members of the Muslim faith and most are of Middle Eastern ethnic descent. This Article discusses the problem of persons accused of being terrorists, or aiding terrorists, obtaining a fair trial in the light of this national victimization. Research conducted for the "American Taliban" case of John Walker Lindh, reported in the Article, illustrates Americans' emotional and cognitive responses to accused terrorists and raises serious questions about the effectiveness of routine procedural remedies for juror prejudice.

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