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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Buried in the middle of an article today about the takedown of supposed would-be terrorists Ahmed Ferhani and Mohamed Mamdouh by the NYPD is the following: "Federal prosecutors declined to press the case, saying the plan was more aspirational than operational," sources said. And there was ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Was David Williams IV a terrorist? Or was he just out to make an easy score by scamming the government's informant?
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In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Nelson George, reviewing a show Jackson and his brothers played at Madison Square Garden in 1984. Chocolate Chips at the Ice Capades By Nelson George August 7, 1984 Three years before the Jacksons' current magical mystery tour (the ... More >>
Student dancers with professional chops
The Karr fiasco is over, but Michael Tracey's quest for unlikely suspects in the Ramsey case goes on and on.
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