Jury questions in Moussaoui sentencing trial
The AP is reporting that potential jurors in the Maoussaoui trial are being asked about NRA membership:
"Prosecutors wanted to know whether potential jurors belonged to veterans groups, the American Civil Liberties Union or the National Rifle Association. Defense attorneys wanted to know their favorite TV shows and what bumper stickers are on their cars."
They're generally allowed fairly widely ranging questions, designed to elicit bias (or find out who may be biased your way, too). The prosecution may figure that veteran status or NRA membership would tend to suggest a potential juror would lean their way, and an ACLU membership would suggest the person leaned the other way (esp. since the issue for trial is the death penalty).
Reminds me of when an attorney friend walked past the jury assembly area here and saw a former client. He noticed the guy had a copy of Mein Kampf under his arm, and asked why in the heck he was reading that. The guy replied "would you choose a juror who was reading Mein Kampf?" My friend responded, not if I could help it. "Okay, then why are you asking me why I'm reading Mein Kampf?"