Prosecutors want to call an Oregon man a terrorist while referring to violent jihad and martyrdom, words his defense attorneys have asked a federal judge to forbid.
Federal prosecutors preparing for the January trial of Mohamed Mohamud said in a motion filed Tuesday that the court should let them use the terms because they are accurate descriptions of Mohamud’s conduct.
Mohamud is accused of conspiring with men he believed were Islamic radicals to detonate a car bomb near a 2010 Portland Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.
The bomb was a fake provided by the government and the men were undercover agents.
Prosecutors say Mohamud himself used the terms “terrorism” and “jihad” when discussing the plot.
Attorneys for Mohamud say using such words will “blur and dilute” the facts of the case.