A former Alameda County, California, prosecutor claims a judge told him to exclude Jews from death penalty case juries, the New York Times reports. In an appeal by a an inmate seeking to overturn a 1987 conviction, the former prosecutor has sworn in a declaration that the judge told him no Jew would send someone to the gas chamber.
The former prosecutor also said his office routinely excluded Jewish people and black women from death penalty juries. Current Alameda County officials deny the allegations. The judge in the case is dead.