An appeals court has upheld the convictions of four men in a terror plot to blow up shuls in the Bronx. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan made the decision public on Friday.
The defense had argued that James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen were harmless dupes led astray by an FBI informant who infiltrated a mosque. With the encouragement of the informant, one of the men hatched the scheme to blow up the shuls in 2009 and to shoot down military cargo planes with missiles.
The appeals court found the government’s tactics didn’t rise to the level of “outrageous misconduct.”