Colleen McMahon

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Newburgh 4 Terror Case Controversy Headed to Appellate Court, With New "Sting" Case As Backdrop

    As New Yorkers mull over another FBI sting operation which netted an alleged would-be terrorist this week, a similar case is headed for an appellate hearing in federal court early next month. An appeal filed by the so-called Newburgh Four, who were convicted last fall of a 2009 plot to shoot down m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Newburgh 4 Terror Case: Judge Sentences Three to 25 Years in Prison, U.S. Constitution Shivers [Updated]

    ​In what has to be one of the least fair decisions in history, a federal judge has sentenced three of the four men convicted of plotting to blow up synagogues in the Bronx and shoot down a military jet to 25 years in prison. In a case absolutely choking with troubling questions about the beha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Bronx Synagogue Bomb Plotters Get 25 Years

    Prison time for the convicted bomb-plotters.​Three of the Newburgh men convicted last October of plotting to bomb synagogues in Riverdale were sentenced to 25 years in prison in Manhattan Federal Court today. James Cromitie, David Williams, and Onta Williams -- along with a fourth man, Laguer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Newburgh 4 Terror Case: More From The Judge's Decision

    ​A reading of U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon's May 3 order denying motions for a new trial by the Newburgh 4 shows several additional criticisms of the government's case. The judge esssentially ruled that those problems, while significant, could not overcome the jury verdict and legal pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Newburgh 4 Judge Hears Oral Arguments On Defense Motions to Dismiss

    ​ A federal judge heard oral arguments this week over the conviction of four Newburgh men for plotting to blow up two Riverdale synagogues and shoot down an airplane with a missile. They were caught in an elaborate FBI sting. The case was the subject of a comprehensive Village Voice article w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Newburgh 4 Terror Case: Judge Postpones Sentencing

    In a fairly interesting development in a closely watched terror case, a federal judge has decided to postpone the sentencing of four Newburgh NY men convicted of plotting to blow up two synagogues and shoot down Judge Colleen McMahon, in a handwritten order, put off the March 24 sentencing in U.S. ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 26, 2011

    Why the Mafia Still Matters

    The feds' big new sweep is just one more try

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    Hedge Fun Scammer's Disappearance May Be His Latest Con

    The con artist who went over Bear Mountain and never came back yesterday had 300 million good reasons to want to disappear on his way to federal prison to start a 20-year sentence. Just before his April 18 sentencing for a massive investment con, Samuel Israel was ordered to come up with $300 mill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2008

    Staten Island Firm Fined in Boiler Room Scam

    What better way to start the new year than with another round of fraud, insider trading and greed? A Manhattan federal judge certainly didn’t disappoint, slapping the Staten Island commodities trading company Richmond Global Entities with $3.4 million in fines and sanctions. It seems that startin ... More >>