CAMDEN - Three Cherry Hill brothers, convicted of plotting a terror attack on Fort Dix, lost their bids for a new trial Tuesday.
A federal judge in Camden rejected arguments by Dritan, Shain and Eljvir Duka that their defense attorneys were ineffective at their 2008 trial.
The brothers made that claim at separate hearings in January before U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler. The judge also presided over the brothers' trial, which resulted in convictions for conspiring to murder U.S. military personnel and other offenses.
The Dukas told the judge they had wanted to testify at trial, a constitutional right for all defendants. They alleged their trial attorneys initially tried to dissuade them, then said they were unprepared to put the brothers on the stand.