Temple Jacob vandalism case delayed

HOUGHTON — The case of a New Jersey man accused of organizing the spray-painting of anti-Semitic graffiti on Temple Jacob was continued for two months this week to give him time to review evidence in the case.

Richard Tobin, 18, allegedly used a far-right neo-Nazi social network to recruit fellow white supremacists to vandalize synagogues in Hancock and Racine, Wisconsin in September. Those people have yet to be named.

The incidents were part of what Tobin envisioned as a nationwide campaign named “Operation Kristallnacht” after violence directed at Jewish-owned homes and buildings in Nazi Germany, according to the complaint.

Both the defense and prosecution are in favor of the continuance, which would also give Tobin more time to consider resolving the case before trial, U.S. District Court Judge Karen Williams wrote in the order

“…[T]he ends of justice served by granting the continuance outweigh the best interest of the public and the defendant in a speedy trial,” she said.

The case was continued to March 13. The two months will excluded from computing time under the Speedy Trial Act of 1974. That act sets time limits for stages of prosecution, including a 70-day limit between the time an indictment is filed and the start of a trial.