Eight blacks on Rana jury

May 18, 2011

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Charlie Swift will be giving the opening statement for Tahawwur Rana's defense team.

A jury has been seated in the terrorism trial of a Chicago man.  The twelve jurors and 6 alternates chosen will be hearing the case against Tahawwur Rana who's accused of planning the Mumbai terror attack that killed 160 people.

Ten of the jurors are women and 8 are African American.  Rana's defense attorneys say there were a lot of minorities in the overall pool of jurors, and that's why there are so many on the panel.  Charlie Swift says it's a good jury for them. 

"The idea here was to get a jury of Mr. Rana's peers and I believe that we got a jury of Mr. Rana's peers.  People who can understand Mr. Rana's position as an immigrant.  People who can understand Mr. Rana's position as a minority in his community, Mr. Rana's position as a businessman and as a family member," said Swift.

Opening statements in the case are scheduled to begin Monday.