Docket No. 98041, (Calendar No. 8).

448 Mich. 261 (1995)

531 N.W.2d 659


Supreme Court of Michigan.

Decided March 22, 1995.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Frank J. Kelley, Attorney General, Thomas L. Casey, Solicitor General, Richard Thompson, Prosecuting Attorney, and Robert C. Williams, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, for the people.

Fried, Saperstein & Kriger, P.C. (by Steven R. Sonenberg), for the defendant.

Amicus Curiae:

Paul P. Asker for the Chaldean-American Bar Association.


In the instant case, we are asked to review three claims of prosecutorial misconduct and one claim of improperly admitted evidence. With respect to the first claim of prosecutorial misconduct, we must decide whether use of and reference to the terms "Arab," "Arab connection," and "Iraqi" at a trial conducted during the Persian Gulf War deprived defendant of a fair trial. Reviewing the statements in context, including...

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