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. v. Cromitie, a case which as the Voice detailed in last week's cover story, has generated serious questions about the government's use of informants in terror cases.

Most notably, the Voice article had the first interview with any of the four defendants. In that interview, David Williams IV told the Voice that he and a second defendant, James Cromitie, planned to con as much money as they could out of the government informant, Shahed Hussain without actually going ahead with any violence.

"He was lying to us and we were lying to him," Williams told the Voice.

Judge McMahon wrote that she would hear oral arguments on a series of defense and prosecution motions on March 24. In her decision, McMahon rejected a plea by federal prosecutors to keep to the original sentencing date.

Supporters of the Newburgh men tentatively viewed the development as a good one.


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Al44cu
Al44cu

THIS WHOLE THING IS BEYOND UNBELIEVEABLE TO ME. MY PRESCIOUS SISTER WAS WORKING IN THE SYNAGOGUE WHEN THIS OCCURRED. IT MAKES ME SICK TO THINK THAT THESE LUNATICS COULD BE OUT ON THE STREETS ONE DAY. MAKES ME SICK. THEY NEED TO BE (AT THE LEAST) IN PRISON FOREVER. BURNING IN HELL AFTER THAT I HOPE IF THERE IS SUCH A THING. I HATE THEM AS MUCH AS THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN 9/11. THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE TO ME BETWEEN THE TWO. THEY NEED NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY AGAIN. PSYCHOS. IM ALL FOR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THIS CASE. I HATE THEM WITH EVERYTHING I HAVE IN ME AND WHEN I SEE THEIR DISGUSTING FACES ON TV IT MAKES ME SICK. WHOEVER MAY READ THIS - JUST TRY TO IMAGINE THE HORROR MY FAMILY FELT...HOW WOULD U FEEL IF IT WERE ALMOST YOUR SISTER, MOM, AUNT???? I HOPE THEY ALL DIE HORRIBLE DEATHS. MY SISTER IS THE BEST PPERSON THATS EVER BEEN BORN ON HIS EARTH, SHE IS LIKE 1/2 OF ME.

Elizabethwilliams62
Elizabethwilliams62

first of all jacka--you must be dumb like every body else your f------ goverement put this country in arms way stupid.I hate people like you who believe that the goverement is untouchable but i have news for you jackass your point of view means nothing these young men will get an appeal and justice will prevail for the newburgh four 

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