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Defense: NYC bomb-plot suspect not conspiratorial

Defense lawyer: NYC bomb-plot suspect not conspiratorial By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' A lawyer for a man accused of plotting to bomb New York City police and government buildings says his client's behavior leading up to his arrest was not that of a conspirator trying to conceal some violent scheme.

Joseph Zablocki, who represented 27-year-old Jose Pimentel of Manhattan at an arraignment Sunday, said Pimentel was very public about his activities and was not trying to hide anything.

But officials described Pimentel as an "al-Qaida sympathizer" and say he was arrested Saturday as he was trying to build a bomb. Police say he has been under investigation for at least a year and the alleged plot would be the 14th targeting the city since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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