Many Muslims Skeptical of Fort Dix Verdicts

UNDATED (AP) - Muslim leaders say the five young Muslims convicted of plotting to kill soldiers at Fort Dix may not havebeen guilty of anything more than youthful braggadocio and poor judgment.

The suspects who were convicted Monday in federal court in Camden, New Jersey, admittedly talked tough, fired guns and watched jihadist videos. But Muslim leaders suggest that what followed was a result of incitement and entrapment.

During the eight-week trial, the government relied heavily on information gathered by informants, who infiltrated the group and secretly recorded hundreds of conversations.

The defendants were acquitted of attempted murder charges but face life in prison for conspiring to kill military personnel.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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