Jury selection begins in Newburgh terror trial
Preliminary jury selection is under way in the trial of four Newburgh men accused of plotting to bomb a synagogue and shoot down planes at Stewart Air Base.
The prosecution says it will try to prove the suspects wanted to commit a terrorist act, while the defense says they were entrapped by the FBI and bribed to carry out the foiled plot.
Attorneys from both sides and a judge spent several hours yesterday weeding through a pool of potential jurors.
The trial is expected to last about five or six weeks, so some potential jurors were excused because of financial hardships. The defense raised questions about others who had family in the military or ties to the Sept. 11 attacks.