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Jdl Chares State Department Exerts Pressure on Prosecutor in Kahane Case; Prosecutor Denies Charge

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The Jewish Defense League charged today that a State Department official advised the prosecutor in a continuing case involving JDL chairman Rabbi Meir Kahane that “under no circumstances should Kahane be allowed to go free.” The prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Michael Corriero, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency: “I vehemently deny that.” Corriero insisted that the Washington official, Robert Kuttner, “never contacted me” and made “no such statement to me.”

Corriero said he would never allow any outsider to “interfere” in his cases, and that he had advised Kuttner not to attend any more hearings in the Kahane case after the State Department official took down the names and addresses of jurors in the second of two hung-jury trials. The charges against Rabbi Kahane stem from a JDL incident at the local offices of Tass, the Soviet news agency. In Criminal Court today, the third trial was set for Feb. 7.

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