06/21/2010

Judge weighs bail for 4 accused in NY temple plot

Men are accused of plotting to down military planes and blow up synagogues

By Colleen Long
Associated Press

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A New York judge is considering bail for four men accused of plotting to down military planes and blow up synagogues with what they thought were an active missile and bombs.

Judge Colleen McMahon heard bail arguments Monday in White Plains, N.Y. There was no immediate decision.

The men have pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges. They claim they were entrapped by a federal informant who proposed and directed the plot and then supplied the fake bombs and inactive missile.

Federal prosecutors say the defendants are dangerous and a flight risk.

McMahon previously delayed the trial indefinitely. Prosecutors must turn over classified information to defense attorneys, and they say it could take months.

The alleged plot centered on two Bronx synagogues and planes at the Stewart Air National Guard base near Newburgh, N.Y.

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