Judge Refuses to Dismiss NY Synagogue Bomb Case

Wednesday, May 19, 2010  |  Updated 10:15 AM EDT
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Judge Refuses to Dismiss NY Synagogue Bomb Case

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A New York City police officer stands guard outside the Riverdale Jewish Center in the Bronx borough of New York on Thursday May 21, 2009. Four men arrested after planting what they thought were explosives near a synagogue and community center and plotting to shoot down a military plane were bent on carrying out a holy war against America, authorities said Thursday. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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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, 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.

A trial is scheduled for June. The decision was filed Tuesday.

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