Trial of Tenn. man accused of planning mosque attack delayed

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A federal judge has delayed the trial of a Tennessee man accused of planning an attack on a mosque in New York as authorities analyze information gathered from the man’s computer.

U.S. District Judge Curtis L. Collier signed an order pushing back the trial of 63-year-old Robert Doggart from Sept. 21 to Jan. 19 in Chattanooga after lawyers representing both Doggart and the government asked for the delay.

Doggart, who ran for Congress in East Tennessee last year, is out on $30,000 bond on a charge that he plotted an attack on “Islamberg,” a self-named mostly Muslim community near Hancock, New York. He has pleaded not guilty.

Muslim groups have called for Doggart to be charged with a hate crime and have protested his release on bond.

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