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Closing arguments held at NYC temple-plot trial

Oct 5th, 2010 AIII Courts

The Associated Press reports yesterday, October 4, 2010, in an article entitled "Closing arguments held at NYC temple-plot trial," that the four men accused of plotting to blow up synagogues and shoot down military planes believed that the scheme devised in a government sting would kill many innocent New Yorkers. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Raskin told a jury in Manhattan federal court that "The defendants thought this was real – real bombs, real missiles – every step of the way." The Defense premised its case on entrapment of alleged mastermind James Cromitie and co-defendants Onta Williams, David Williams, and Laguerre Payen. All three defendants pled not guilty to charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and conspiracy to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles to kill U.S. officers and employees.

Defense attorneys were schedule to begin their closing arguments late Monday and continue Tuesday.

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