Man charged in Kansas City 9/11 memorial plot hires his own attorney

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Florida man accused of sending bomb-making plans to an FBI informant for an alleged attack in Missouri on the 9/11 anniversary appeared in federal court for a detention hearing Tuesday.

Joshua Goldberg was arrested last week after catching authorities’ attention earlier this year in online posts calling for an attack on a contest for drawings of the Prophet Muhammad in Garland, Texas.

The government says Goldberg also used online aliases to boast about helping gunmen plan attacks on synagogues in Australia.

The 20-year-old is charged with distributing information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction. A criminal complaint says Goldberg told an informant how to build a bomb and suggested targeting a Sept. 11 commemoration in Kansas City. No bomb was produced.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Goldberg told the court he would retain his own private counsel, so the Federal Public Defender’s Office has been removed as the attorney of record. An attorney with Shorstein, Lasnetski & Gihon LLC.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Klindt ordered Goldberg undergo a 30-day competency evaluation at a federal medical center.

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