Defense: Bomb case built on 'conspiracy of lust'

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by Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press Writer

Video report by Mike Watkiss

Posted on January 12, 2012 at 7:57 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 12 at 8:31 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- A defense attorney in the trial of twin white supremacist brothers charged in the bombing of a black city official criticized the use of an attractive younger woman as a federal informant in the case.

Defense attorney Deborah Williams on Thursday called the woman a "trailer-park Mata Hari." She says the government can only prove her client engaged in a "conspiracy of lust" toward the informant -- not a conspiracy to bomb the official.

Court records show investigators recruited a woman to befriend Dennis and Daniel Mahon after moving move into an Oklahoma trailer park.

The 61-year-old brothers have pleaded not guilty in the 2004 bombing in which a package detonated in the hands of Scottsdale's diversity director, injuring the official and a secretary.

Attorneys on both sides of the case made their opening statements in Phoenix federal court.
 

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