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December 22, 1999

Five white supremacists plead innocent in temple bombing

RENO, Nev. (AP) – Five white supremacists accused of an attempted
fire-bombing of a Reno synagogue pleaded innocent to
federal charges and a U.S. magistrate said at least one appears to be
“full of hate.”

One of the five skinheads had a red swastika tattooed on the side of
his shaved head and another had several swastikas on his
arm when they appeared here Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

Federal prosecutors presented the judge with photographs of Nazi
posters and flags taken during a search at the apartment of
one of the men, Christopher Hampton, 22, in arguing he should not be
released from jail.

“The photographs indicate a person who is at least full of hate
towards a large segment of this community,” said U.S. Magistrate
Robert McQuaid.

McQuaid set a Feb. 15 trial date before U.S. District Judge David
Hagen for all five – Hampton, Joshua Kudlacek, 18, Scott
Hudson, 23; Carl DeAmicis, 25, and Daniel McIntosh, 19.

The five, and a sixth juvenile, are accused of conspiring to bomb the
Temple El-Manuel in southwest Reno last month.

The most serious charge they face is use of a destructive device
during a violent crime, which carries up to 30 years in prison.

They also face charges of making and possession of a destructive
device, bombing and aiding and abetting.

McQuaid agreed to release only Kudlacek to third-party surveillance,
and that’s only if he posts a $107,000 bond and meets
some other release requirements.

Prosecutors say the plan was hatched in a Reno hotel room where Hudson
was staying while working on a local construction

They say Hampton scouted out the best part of the synagogue to attack,
and DeAmicis threw a Molotov cocktail toward one of
its windows after the group drove back there.

The makeshift bomb shattered a window but did not break through.
Damage was minimal, but it was the third attack on the
synagogue this year.

“Business?!? *mankind* was my business!!”
-The ghost of Jacob Marley to Scrooge “A Christmas Carol”
By Charles Dickens

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