Judge refuses to dismiss charges in Ariz. bombing

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Associated Press

Posted on October 17, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 17 at 5:35 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix judge has denied a request to dismiss charges against two suspected white supremacists in a 2004 bombing that injured a black city official in Scottsdale.

U.S. District Judge David Campbell on Friday told attorneys for twin brothers Daniel and Dennis Mahon that their allegations of improper conduct by sheriff's deputies do not rise to the level of requiring dismissal.

Campbell also denied a request to move both defendants from a Maricopa County jail to a federal facility.

The brothers are charged with conspiracy to damage buildings and property by means of explosive. They were arrested June 25 at their home in Davis Junction, Ill.

Daniel Mahon's attorney alleged he was improperly questioned while in custody without his lawyer present. Dennis Mahon's attorney said sheriff's officials were planning on more interviews without a lawyer nearby.

A federal prosecutor said there was no evidence that any improper conversations happened.

The charges stem from a Feb. 26, 2004 bombing, when a package detonated in the hands of Don Logan, Scottsdale's diversity director at the time. The explosion injured Logan's hand and arm and hurt a secretary.

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