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Calif. Judge’s Home Firebombed

August 31, 1999

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Two teens and an adult are accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail at the home of a judge in an anti-Semitic attack.

Two 17-year-old boys and a 19-year-old man were booked for investigation of committing a hate crime, terrorism and arson, police said Monday.

The suspects thought Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Jack is Jewish, although he is Catholic. Neither the judge nor his wife were injured.

``It’s very, very clear that the hateful motive involved in this firebombing was because the suspects believed that the residents living in that particular house were Jewish,″ deputy police chief Donald Anders said. ``That was the primary motive.″

Officers said one of the juvenile suspects called 911 after the firebomb was thrown early Monday morning in an attempt to blame someone else. But investigators soon tracked the crime back to him.

Racist literature, paintball pistols and pellet guns were confiscated from their homes as evidence.

The suspects live near the judge’s home and are now the prime suspects in putting a swastika on his house last year.

Komar said he does not feel in danger, but declined to talk about the attack.

``I’m just not going to rehash it or get into all the details about my personal feelings,″ he said.

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