Their clients, they said, were young men who had been manipulated by paid government informants into a conspiracy they had no intention of carrying out. “He talked the talk, but was never going to walk the walk,” Rocco Cipparone Jr. said of his client, lead defendant Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer.
Cipparone and the other defense attorneys challenged both the credibility and motivation of the two key government witnesses, Mahmoud Omar and Besnik Bakalli. Both, he said, were “lifelong criminals” who had reasons to create a conspiracy where none existed. >>>>>