Judge delays 'Newburgh 4' bail ruling until Thursday

June 21, 2010 8:39:11 AM PDT
Four men accused of plotting to blow up New York synagogues and shoot a missile at military planes will have to wait a little longer to find out if they are eligible to be released on bail.The federal judge hearing the "Newburgh 4" bail arguments will reserve decision and issue a written opinion that she will read in court at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Lawyers for 44-year-old James Cromitie, 32-year-old Onta Williams, 28-year-old David Williams and 27-year-old Laguerre Payen appeared before the judge to argue for bail one by one before Judge Colleen McMahon in federal court in White Plains Monday.

The judge will rule on three of the applications Thursday. Because Payen is a Haitian national, he is not eligible for bail under any circumstances.

Prosectuors argued the suspects should not be allowed out on bail because they are dangerous to the public and are a flight risk.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Raskin detailed the case against the men once again, this time in court papers opposing any bail. The men have been jailed for more than a year, accused of placing what they thought were bombs outside two Bronx synagogues last year. They are also accused of planning to use what they thought was a live Stinger missile against planes at the Stewart Air National Guard base near Newburgh, a small city north of New York where they lived.

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