Sacramento, California, Thursday, October
leader's attorneys want separate trials
ANGELES(AP) - Jewish
Defense League leader Irv Rubin and
his associate Earl Krugel should be
tried separately for allegedly plotting to
bomb a mosque and a congressman's field
office, defense attorneys
Court documents filed Wednesday in
federal court by Rubin's lawyers asked
that the defendants' trial, slated for
Nov. 12, should be severed.
Rubin contends he had nothing to do
with the alleged plot to bomb the King
Fahd mosque in Culver City and a field
office of Arab American U.S. Rep.
Darrell E. Issa R-Calif., last
Krugel, 59, and Rubin, 56, were
arrested Dec. 11 after an FBI informant
delivered an explosive powder that
authorities believed was the last
component in making pipe bombs.
Both men face sentences of at least 40
years in prison if convicted.
Krugel's defense is that he was
illegally entrapped by a former league
member turned government informer.
Prosecutors are expected to present
evidence that Krugel was involved in at
least two previous bombing plots.
attorneys Peter Morris and
Bryan Altman said that
information will likely prejudice their
client in the eyes of the jury.
"Even if this court gives the jury an
instruction that the prior bombing
evidence is not to be considered against
Rubin, the jury will not be able to
separate out the evidence," his lawyers
Furthermore, the lawyers argued,
alleged racial remarks made by Krugel
would also harm Rubin's case.
In a separate motion, Rubin's lawyers
asked a judge to order prosecutors to turn
over records concerning FBI investigations
into the 1985 murder of Alex Odeh,
director of the Arab American
Anti-Discrimination Committee's West Coast
office in Santa Ana, and a series of
alleged death threats against Rubin in
2000 and 2001.
Rubin and other league members were
subpoenaed to testify before a federal
grand jury investigating Odeh's slaying,
which remains unsolved.
Rubin has publicly
denied any involvement.
Rubin's lawyers said they want the
government's files on the Odeh case to
show that the FBI was "out to get" Rubin
because it could not implicate him in the
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