Three Kansas men accused of conspiring to bomb an apartment complex housing Muslim Somali refugees have filed a court motion demanding more Trump voters on their jury.
According to court documents, the men claim their rights are being violated because jurors from more politically conservative areas are being excluded.
"This case is uniquely political because much of the anticipated evidence will center around, and was in reaction to, the 2016 Presidential election,” the defense attorneys wrote.
The defense attorneys went on to say the trial would “require jurors to weigh whether the alleged conduct constitutes a crime or whether it is constitutionally protected speech and assembly and the right to bear arms.”
The defendants — Gavin Wright, Patrick Stein and Curtis Allen — were arrested last October after officials uncovered an alleged plot to bomb an apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas, the day after the 2016 presidential election.
The men were part of a militia group called “the Crusaders." They were each charged with one count of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction at the apartment complex.
When the charges were announced, officials said the men hoped to create a “bloodbath” and inspire others to attack Muslims.
The U.S. attorney’s office said it was looking into the motion. The men hoped the plot would “wake people up” and inspire others to attack Muslims.
Their trial is expected to begin on March 19, 2018.