A petition for a new trial for Hamaas Abdul Khaalis, the leader of 12 Hanafi Muslims who took over three Washington buildings last March, was filed yesterday in D.C. Superior Court based on reports about a female juror's conduct during deliberations.
A similar petition was filed Friday by lawyers who represent two other Hanafi defendants.
Khanafi attorney, former Superior Court Judge Harry T. Alexander, cited reports that the juror was barricaded in a bathroom near the jury room for an "undertemined amount of time" during the panel's deliberations.
Alexander said in the petition that
Alexander said it the petition that suffered from a "mental infirmity for sometime," although that was not disclosed when she was selected as a juror on the Hanafi case.
If the juror was not competent to hear the case because of a mental illness, Khaalis was denied his constitutional right to a fair trial, Alexander said.
Alexander asked Judge Nicholas S. Nunzio, who presided at the Hanafi trail last summer, to hold a closed hearing to investigate and charges about the juror's conduct, both before and after the trial, as well as during deliberations.
All 12 Hanafis were convicted of various charges last July and are now serving long prison terms.