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Judge: Concerns over 'jihad' remarks addressed by lawyer's withdrawal from ISIL case
The removal of an attorney from the ISIL recruit case last week has resolved concerns that alleged comments by a member of his legal team could have prejudiced the defense, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Michael Davis allowed P. Chinedu Nwaneri to withdraw as one of two attorneys for defendant Mohamed Farah on Friday after a weeklong round of debate over the context of teachings by Nwaneri's legal clerk, Hassan Mohamud, who is also a St. Paul imam.
On Tuesday, Davis said Mohamud's involvement would have been unfair to Farah and other defendants, but said Farah's other attorney, Murad Mohammad, posed no conflicts of interest and can adequately represent Farah.
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