Hearing in Corvallis mosque firebombing case



EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A judge has not yet made a decision on whether to release an Oregon man while he awaits trial on federal charges alleging he firebombed a mosque in Corvallis in what prosecutors say is a hate crime.

Attorneys say that after hearing arguments in Eugene on Tuesday on a defense motion to release Cody Crawford, U.S. District Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin ordered the hearing to resume on Monday so he can hear from victims of the firebombing.

The November 2010 fire damaged an office in the mosque.

The fire took place just two days after FBI agents arrested a Somali-American who occasionally worshipped at the mosque on charges of attempting to detonate a weapon of mass destruction in Portland.

Crawford’s trial is set for September.