Democracy Now: Court Hears Arguments in Alleged Entrapment Case of “Newburgh 4”

A federal appeals court has heard arguments in the case of four New York men who have alleged government entrapment in their 25-year sentences for a bombing plot. The “Newburgh Four,” as they are known, were convicted for placing what they thought were bombs in a New York synagogue in 2010. Defense attorneys say the men were entrapped by government agents and not predisposed to commit a terrorist crime. During their sentencing last year, the judge in the case acknowledged from the bench that the men were not terrorists as alleged by the government and that no crime would have occurred if not for the role of the FBI informant. After hearing from prosecutors and defense attorneys on Monday, a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it would rule at a later date.

~ by wheresthemic on November 7, 2012.

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