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Expect Sirhan Defense to Challenge Jewish or Pro-israeli Prospective Jurors

A Los Angeles judge announced today that the trial of Sirhan Sirhan, a Jordanian charged with assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, will begin Dec. 9. Some observers believe that Sirhan will seek to turn the trial into an anti-Israel propaganda forum. Defense attorneys expect that the prospective jurors who may be Jews or pro-Israel will be challenged and disqualified from jury duty. The jury will be locked up nightly to prevent it from being influenced by outside elements.