The four men convicted of the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center got a fair trial, a federal appeals court concluded in denying their legal challenges.
But while the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld their convictions, it ordered resentencing for the militant Muslims because they did not have lawyers when they were sent away for 240 years. All had lawyers during the six-month trial.The explosion at the 110-story twin towers in lower Manhattan killed six people, injured more than 1,000 others and caused more than a half-billion dollars in damage.
All four men were arrested within weeks of the Feb. 26, 1993, bombing, which the defendants said they committed to avenge U.S. support for Israel and to protest the United States' foreign policy in the Middle East.
U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White called the appeals ruling "another step toward closure for the families of those who were killed and all the other victims of the bombing."
A defense lawyer, Frank Handelman, said he was disappointed with the ruling.