Updated 06/15/2010 08:55 AM
Bronx Temple Bomb Plot Trial On Hold Indefinitely
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The trial against four would-be terrorists accused of plotting to bomb Bronx synagogues is now on hold indefinitely.
The U.S. Attorney's office told NY1 that federal Judge Colleen McMahon ruled that prosecutors withheld evidence that could prove crucial to the defense.
One of those papers was a memo from the FBI to security at a National Guard base in Newburgh, N.Y. that described defendant James Cromitie as "harmless."
Cromitie, along with David Williams, Onta Williams and LaGuerre Payen, are accused of scheming to blow up two houses of worship in Riverdale and of planning to shoot down planes at an upstate air base.
The men claim they were entrapped by an FBI informant who supplied fake explosives and a fake anti-aircraft missile.
Jury selection was to have begun on Monday yesterday, but the judge dismissed the potential jurors and she said she will consider a request by the defense to dismiss the case.
The four men face life in prison if convicted of their charges, including conspiracy and attempting to use weapons of mass destruction. They are due back in court on Monday, June 21 for bail hearings.
The U.S. Attorney's office has until Wednesday to appeal the order to turn over the additional documents.