NJ synagogue bombings suspect seeks to move trial

| February 17, 2012

HACKENSACK, NJ — A teenager charged with attempted murder in the firebombings of two synagogues pleaded not guilty Wednesday, and his attorney said he would likely seek to have a potential trial moved from the county where the attacks took place.

Anthony Graziano appeared briefly in state Superior Court in an orange prison jumpsuit and with his hands and feet shackled. He didn't speak during the five-minute proceeding and stood expressionless as public defender Robert Kalisch entered the not-guilty plea.

Graziano, of Lodi, is being held on $5 million bail, a sum Kalisch said he would seek to have lowered. A bail hearing could occur next week.

"We'll be seeking a considerable bail reduction," Kalisch said. "That bail is a lot of money. It's higher than for most murders in this county."

Kalisch said it wasn't clear where a potential trial could be moved.

"I don't know where the venue would be because of all the publicity this case has gotten," he said outside the courthouse.

Bergen County prosecutor John Molinelli said his office would oppose a change in venue. Judges don't often grant such requests; a notable exception was the 2004 manslaughter trial of former basketball star Jayson Williams, which was moved from Hunterdon County to Somerset County because of excessive pretrial publicity.

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