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Judge refuses to dismiss NY synagogue-bomb case

May 19, 2010

A federal judge is refusing to dismiss the case against four men accused of trying to bomb synagogues and shoot down planes in New York.

Judge Colleen McMahon says she has doubts about the defendants' claim that they had no criminal plans until a federal informant entrapped them.

The men, all from Newburgh, N.Y., are charged with placing what they thought were bombs outside two Bronx synagogues. They also are accused of planning to use a missile against planes at an upstate Air National Guard base.

They have pleaded not guilty.

McMahon said several past cases have established that government help in the commission of a crime is not enough to dismiss an indictment. Her decision was filed Tuesday.

A trial is scheduled for June.

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