Left to Right: Paul Schlesselman and Daniel Cowart
The men -- 20-year-old Daniel Cowart of Bells, Tenn., and 18-year-old Paul Schlesselman of Helena-West Helena, Ark. -- contend the grand jury had too few white members and failed to represent a cross-section of the judicial district.
Judge J. Daniel Breen says defense lawyers can review the court's population data and the master list of citizens from which the jury was selected. He says the defense can question procedures for selecting jurors but can't challenge the resulting racial makeup of the actual jury.
Cowart and Schlesselman are charged with conspiring to launch a crime spree against black victims, including an attack on Obama. They're being held without bond.
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