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Stray Document Halts Bronx Terror Plot Deliberations

Riverdale bomb plot suspects

Riverdale Jewish Center in the Bronx section in New York was one of two targets where alleged terrorists attempted to plant bombs in a plot which was foiled by police and FBI on May, 20, 2009 (AP Photo/David Karp)

NEW YORK (AP) — A stray document has caused a Manhattan judge to temporarily halt deliberations at the trial of four men caught in an FBI terror sting.

Jurors told the judge Friday that they had come across the transcript of a recorded call between a defendant and his father — a document that wasn’t in evidence. It apparently had been put in a juror’s evidence binder by mistake.

The judge questioned each juror before sending them home so authorities could examine all the binders. Deliberations were to resume on Tuesday.

Prosecutors said James Cromitie hatched a plot with a paid FBI informant to bomb New York City synagogues, and recruited his three co-defendants to fire missiles at a New York military base.

The defense has said the government entrapped their clients.