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Pioneer Square Bomb Plot Trial May Be Postponed


The trial of the man accused of plotting to bomb Portland’s tree-lighting ceremony is likely to be postponed. April Baer reports that attorneys are being encouraged to move the case along promptly.


At a status conference, Federal Judge Garr King asked attorneys about a proposed timetable that would have sent Mohamed Osman Mohamud to trial in February of 2012.

The trial is expected to incorporate facts gathered under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, as well as some classified intelligence. 

Ethan Knight with the U.S. Attorney’s office, said he needs time to confer with Justice Department officials in Washington D.C. — and that could influence the trial schedule. 

Attorneys working on Mohamud’s defense also indicated they want to ensure adequate time for their own investigative work.

Judge King stopped short of accepting the proposed 2012 date, but scheduled another status hearing in May, to see what progress both sides make.

The FBI arrested Mohamud Thanksgiving weekend, saying he had tried to detonate what he thought was a car bomb at a crowded downtown holiday celebration.

Undercover agents claim the plot was Mohamud’s idea, but prosecutors will have to prove that point to get a conviction.


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