Judge says terror defendant is faking illness
(AP) - A judge says a defendant has been faking mentalillnesses, causing a two-day delay in the trial of four men accusedof plotting to bomb New York City synagogues and upstate militaryairplanes.
Federal Judge Colleen McMahon ruled yesterday after hearing aprison psychologist testify about Laguerre Payen.
He was brought to court in a padded wheelchair, where attimes he appeared to sleep or nod his head from side to side.
The defendants went on trial several weeks ago, charged withconspiracy and attempting to use weapons of mass destruction. Theycould face life in prison if convicted.
Payen's lawyer says his client is schizophrenic and bipolar. Buta prosecutor says Payen is faking illnesses.
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