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"Bishop Bomber" seeks trial delay

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) -- An Iowa man accused of sending threats and two pipe bombs to brokerages and signing himself "The Bishop" has asked for a trial delay.

Federal authorities raided the home of John P. Tomkins in April 2007. They were investigating several threatening letters and two pipe bombs sent to employees at two brokerage companies, 3Com Corp. and Navarre Corp.

Court documents say in the letters signed "The Bishop," Tomkins allegedly demanded that employees take action to raise stock prices or they and their families would be harmed.

Last month, a federal judge in Chicago granted Tomkin's motion for additional time for his lawyers to prepare for the trial.

The judge will rule on pretrial motions during a Dec. 3 hearing and could set a trial date at that time.

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