- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) - A blogger who climbed the New York Times tower in Manhattan to draw attention to terrorist leader Osama bin Laden has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless endangerment.

David Malone, of West Hartford, Conn., was sentenced to a conditional discharge. That means the case against him will be dismissed if he performs five days of community service and is not rearrested in the next six months.

Malone was arrested July 9 after reaching the 11th floor of the 52-story skyscraper, where he hung a red and white banner that referred to bin Laden. Two other people climbed the tower’s facade about a month earlier.

Defense lawyer Robert Gottlieb says his 29-year-old client took “extraordinary” precautions to make sure nobody was hurt.

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