Alleged Georgia ricin plotters denied bond

The four Georgia men accused of plotting to bomb federal buildings and disperse the toxin ricin were recently denied bond.

U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Susan Cole cited concerns in her ruling that the four men may still intend to harm federal authorities. The four, who were arrested in early November, will await their trial at the Hall County Jail in Gainesville, Georgia, according to

The alleged leader of the plot, Fredrick W. Thomas and Dan Roberts, are charged with the possession of an unlicensed silencer and conspiring to purchase explosives. Samuel J. Crump and Ray H. Adams are facing charges of conspiring to make and disperse ricin.

"I think there is a concern they would not be prevented access to instruments of harm," Cole said, referring to releasing the four men on bond, reports.

Defense attorneys for all of the men have acknowledged that they have plans to appeal the magistrate’s decision.

“It’s very disappointing. I thought we presented a good case and I don’t believe he’s a danger to the community,” Thomas’s attorney Jeff Ertel said, reports.

The defense attorneys made the argument that simply owning castor beans, the key ingredient in ricin, was not an illegal act. Crump’s attorney said that recordings indicated that the goal of making ricin was just an aspiration, not something he was actually capable of or intending to do.

"They tried to prevent a perceived crime, but it's not the same as an actual crime," Barry Lombardo, Adams’ attorney, said, according to "It's not an excuse for detaining someone before trial."