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Temple Plot Case Should Be Tossed, Says Atty

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Defense lawyers for two men accused of terror plot, Stephen Pokart (L) representing Ahmed Ferhani  and Steven Steven Fusfeld  representing  Mohamed Mamdouh Defense lawyers for two men accused of terror plot, Stephen Pokart (L) representing Ahmed Ferhani and Steven Steven Fusfeld representing Mohamed Mamdouh (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Lawyers for a man accused of scheming to blow up New York City synagogues are asking a judge to throw out what they call an overblown case, according to papers filed in court Wednesday.

Ahmed Ferhani's attorneys said hate-crime charges and a rarely used state terrorism law have been misapplied. They allege police entrapment.

Prosecutors have until January to respond.

They've said Ferhani and co-defendant Mohamed Mamdouh told an undercover detective they wanted to strike a synagogue. They were arrested in May. Authorities said Ferhani bought guns, ammunition and an inert hand grenade in a sting.

Mamdouh's lawyer is expected to file papers Nov. 30 asking for his case to be dismissed.

The two have pleaded not guilty to charges including weapons possession as a terror crime

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