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4 men are convicted in NY synagogue-bombing plot

Oct 19th, 2010 AIII Courts, defenses

AP reports in an article entitled "4 men are convicted in NY synagoge-bombing plot," that four men arrested in the summer 2009 in an FBI sting were convicted today, Monday October 19, 2010, of plotting to blow up New York City synagogues and shoot down military planes through the aid of a paid informant who convinced them he was a terror operative. The men, led by alleged mastermind James Cromitie, were found guilty of charges including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and conspiracy to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles to kill U.S. officers and employees.

U.S. Attorney David Raskin said during his closing arguments that the defendants "thought this was real – real bombs, real missiles – every step of the way." 

Susanne Brody, who represents one of the victims said after the verdict, "This is a miscarriage of justice- just like the whole trial and case." Defense lawyers, who have already said they will appeal, sought to diminish some evidence, including tapes produced at trial by Prosecutors of the men discussing the scheme at the informant's home, handling fake weapons and even praying together, by calling them a "movie written, produced, and directed by the FBI." 

Arguing that his client was entrapped by the Government informant, Vincent Briccetti, counsel for James Cromitie told jurors, "Without the help of the FBI – Cromitie wasn't going to do anything."

For the full text of the AP article, click here

For an NPR article discussing today's story, click here

For the FBI press release discussing today's breaking story, click here. Included in that same article and posted here below is a chart including the relevant counts in the indictment and maximum penalties. All four defendants were found guilty of counts 1-7; two defendants were found guilty of count 8. 

 

Count Charge Maximum Prison Term
1 Conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction within the United States Life
2 Attempt to use weapons of mass destruction within the United States Life
3 Attempt to use weapons of mass destruction within the United States Life
4 Attempt to use weapons of mass destruction within the United States Life
5 Conspiracy to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles Life*
6 Attempt to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles Life*
7 Conspiracy to kill officers and employees of the United States Life
8 Attempt to kill officers and employees of the United States 20 years

 

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