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It’s the fried-chicken defense.

A lawyer for one of four men accused of plotting to bomb Bronx synagogues complained on Thursday that a government informant plied the suspects with food.

“You can’t watch the tapes that you don’t see eating going on,” said Marilyn Reader, lawyer for accused would-be terrorist Laguerre Payen.

“The [confidential informant] is paying for all these meals.”

At a pretrial hearing in White Plains Federal Court, Reader charged that the informant had a charge account at a Crown Chicken on Broadway and let Payen eat for free.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Leibowitz said he would investigate whether the informant offered inducements – of the chicken variety or otherwise – to the suspects.

“I’m going to inquire as to whether there was a Crown Chicken relationship,” he said.

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