Judge: Orange Park man accused of terror plot is incompetent to stand trial


An Orange Park man accused of trying to coordinate a terror attack for a Sept. 11 memorial will not go to trial any time soon.

Joshua Goldberg was back in federal court Thursday, and a judge ruled he’s still incompetent to stand trial.

Goldberg is facing terror charges for allegedly sharing information online to help build a bomb meant to attack a 9/11 memorial event.

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He was arrested at his Orange Park home in September 2015 and charged with giving out information on explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction.

Back in June, a judge ruled he was not fit to stand trial. Goldberg's attorney, Paul Shorstein said that’s what happened again Thursday.

“The judge’s ruling today is that Joshua Goldberg remains incompetent. From here, they’re going to continue with the evaluation and treatment process,” Shorstein said.

In the hearing held on the 13th floor of the federal courthouse, the judge said he felt there’s a likelihood, however, that Goldberg's competence could improve. The judge said Goldberg should continue to get treatment.

“They’re working on a variety of things to address his comprehensive mental health problems, working with him on written and verbal materials,” Shorstein said.

Shorstein said Goldberg will continue to stay at the federal medical center in North Carolina for a few more months and then in February they’ll re-evaluate.

Goldberg’s parents were in the courtroom and did not want to comment.