NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors want to keep testimony of three key witnesses out of public view at the trial of a New York man charged with plotting terror attacks with homemade bombs.
The Manhattan district attorney's office wants an undercover police officer and two informants to testify anonymously, and in a closed courtroom, during Jose Pimentel's trial. Prosecutors say the three witnesses could be endangered if their identities became public.
A judge didn't immediately rule Wednesday. He noted the legal bar for closing a court is high.
Authorities say Pimentel was an al-Qaida sympathizer who spoke of plans to attack police and soldiers and was making a pipe bomb when arrested.
Pimentel's lawyers say he was entrapped. They say the public should hear about the tactics used.