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The Bobster
06-19-2015, 08:30 AM

Accused New Jersey Synagogue Bomber's Trial Could Be Moved
Updated at 7:26 PM EDT on Thursday, Jun 18, 2015

The trial of a North Jersey man accused of firebombing synagogues in Bergen County could be moved.

New Jersey's Supreme Court has ruled that Aakash Dalal's trial should either be moved out of the county or have a judge from another county brought in.

The court wrote Dalal wouldn't receive a fair trial from a Bergen County judge because he has been charged with making threats against two other Bergen judges.

A county judge earlier rejected Dalal's attempt, but an appeals court reversed. The Supreme Court's decision released Wednesday upheld the appellate court's decision.

Dalal and another man were arrested for the synagogue attacks in 2012. Dalal and Anthony Graziano have pleaded not guilty to aggravated arson, conspiracy and bias intimidation charges. Each faces life in prison if convicted.

06-19-2015, 12:31 PM
N.J. Supreme Court bans Bergen County judges from firebomb case (http://www.northjersey.com/news/nj-supreme-court-tells-bergen-county-judiciary-to-decide-venue-of-firebombing-case-1.1357300)
http://www.newnation.org/Images/2015/AakashDalal.jpgA man accused of plotting to firebomb several Jewish temples and facilities cannot face trial before a Superior Court judge seated in Bergen County, the county where he is accused of threatening the lives of two judges, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. Instead, the high court instructed the Bergen County judiciary to either bring in a judge from another county to hear the case of Aakash Dalal, or transfer it to another county. The venue for Dalal’s case has been at issue for more than a year after Dalal, who was arrested and charged in Bergen County, was accused of threatening to kill two Superior Court judges in Hackensack. Dalal and a co-defendant, Anthony Graziano (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nj-man-arrested-for-firebombing-synagogues/) of Lodi, were charged in early 2012 with conspiring to attack several synagogues and Jewish facilities in Bergen County.

The Bobster
11-02-2016, 07:59 AM

Another Terrorism Conviction in New Jersey Synagogue Fire Bombings
Published 9 minutes ago


A second New Jersey man has been convicted of terrorism charges after vandalizing and firebombing Jewish temples and a rabbi's home.

The Record reports 24-year-old Aakash Dalal, of Lodi, was also convicted on Tuesday of attempted arson and bias intimidation in the 2012 attacks. Dalal faces up to life in prison at his December sentencing.

The attack in Rutherford ignited a fire in the bedroom of a rabbi's residence. The rabbi, his wife, five children and his parents were sleeping at the time.

The case was the first to employ the state's anti-terrorism statute.

Defense attorney Brian Neary says they plan to appeal.

Dalal's friend Anthony Graziano also awaits sentencing after he was convicted of counts including terrorism earlier this year.