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Attorneys for New Jersey men say Boston bombing influenced sentences
Reuters ^ | 4/30/2013 | David Jones

Posted on 04/30/2013 6:47:44 PM PDT by markomalley

Two New Jersey men convicted of conspiring to join an al Qaeda-linked militant group have appealed their sentences, arguing that prosecutors were unduly influenced by the Boston Marathon bombing, one of their attorneys said on Tuesday.

Mohamed Alessa, 23, and Carlos Almonte, 27, were sentenced to 22 years and 20 years respectively in prison on April 15, just after two bombs exploded at the iconic race in Boston.

The two men had pleaded guilty to charges they conspired to join the al-Shabaab movement in Somalia, a group linked to al Qaeda and listed as a terrorist organization by United States.

Prosecutors abruptly changed their final arguments at the men's sentencing hearing after being handed a note by a federal agent, Stanley Cohen, an attorney for Alessa, said on Tuesday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stanley Kogan was discussing the characteristics of the two men but after another prosecutor was handed a note, the two conferred and Kogan shifted to talking about the potential impact of an attack on U.S. soil, they said.

"Literally at the very moment that two young men are about to be sentenced for an international terrorism case, there is a domestic act going on at the very same moment," Stanley Cohen, an attorney for Alessa, said on Tuesday.

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1 posted on 04/30/2013 6:47:44 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

So?


2 posted on 04/30/2013 6:48:46 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: doc1019

If this is the old avowed communist Steven Cohen, then you know where he’s coming from. Nutty as a fruitcake (Lynn Stewart defense attorney, among other communist people and causes he has defended).

His goal is to disrupt the court and proceedings a la William Kunstler, and obtain a mistrial.

Just put a curse on him and move on. Essentially he’s a psychopathic red and nothing is going to cure him except the Grim Reaper.


3 posted on 04/30/2013 7:00:57 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: markomalley

Wow, how much welfare did their families receive. Let’s let more of these wonderful immigrant jihadis in so we can give them more freebies. S/


4 posted on 04/30/2013 7:03:25 PM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Thank you for the education. ;-)


5 posted on 04/30/2013 7:05:49 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: doc1019

Every time one of the communists pops up, when I see it, I try to provide some background information on them.

Two good websites to visit for more information are:
www.keywiki.org and www.DiscoverTheNetwork.com

Both offer significant information in slightly different formats.


6 posted on 04/30/2013 7:13:01 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

TY


7 posted on 04/30/2013 7:19:03 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: markomalley

Mr. Cohen is just another defense lawyer throwing sh8t and hoping it will stick.


8 posted on 04/30/2013 8:38:13 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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