August 28, 2002 |
A federal judge Tuesday ordered a psychiatric evaluation and continued detention for a podiatrist accused of plotting to blow up mosques across Florida. Robert Goldstein, 37, was silent and appeared disoriented during his bond hearing before U.S. District Judge Thomas McCoun III. Goldstein is charged with possessing a non-registered destructive device and attempting to use an explosive to damage Islamic centers. The explosives were found in his townhouse in the St. Petersburg suburb of Seminole.
June 20, 2003 |
A Florida doctor was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in federal prison Thursday for plotting to blow up an Islamic center in retaliation for the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. Robert Goldstein, a 38-year-old podiatrist, apologized to the Islamic community before he was given the maximum sentence for conspiracy to violate civil rights, attempting to damage religious property and possessing unregistered firearms. "I am truly sorry for my irresponsible behavior.
September 18, 1991 |
Federal prosecutors Tuesday offered their first testimony that Manuel A. Noriega accepted profits from illicit drug sales directly from the hands of one of his trusted military aides. The testimony of Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid, a former Noriega confidant in the Panamanian Defense Forces, came just before the close of court on the second day of the government's conspiracy, racketeering and drug-smuggling case against the deposed Panamanian strongman.
March 21, 1992 |
The CIA and the Medellin cocaine cartel helped finance the successful 1984 campaign of a former Panamanian president, according to transcripts released in Manuel A. Noriega's drug trafficking trial. The judge and attorneys discussed the issue earlier in the trial during closed-door conferences. Transcripts of those sessions are censored by the U.S. Justice Department security office before becoming public.
April 1, 1992 |
Former Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega violated U.S. laws by putting "tons and tons of a deadly white powder" on American streets, a federal prosecutor told jurors Tuesday as Noriega's racketeering and cocaine-smuggling trial neared an end. In a four-hour closing argument, Assistant U.S. Atty. Myles Malman described the former strongman as "a corrupt, crooked and rotten cop" who protected U.S.-bound drug shipments from Colombia in exchange for "millions and millions of dollars in cash."
August 29, 1991 |
A onetime Panamanian ambassador to Washington confirmed Wednesday that he is prepared to testify that Gen. Manuel A. Noriega took $10 million in payoffs from the Medellin drug cartel to protect at least 15 tons of cocaine bound for the United States. Ricardo Bilonick, 44, appeared in U.S. District Court here to enter a guilty plea to one charge of racketeering conspiracy.