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Govt. Attorneys Deliver Closing Arguments In Bomb Plot Trial

The federal government delivered its closing prosecution argument Wednesday morning in the trial of Mohamed Mohamud. Attorneys said the defendant could not possibly have been entrapped into the Portland bomb plot.

Sketch by Deborah Marble

Federal Prosecutor Ethan Knight noted emails and articles Mohamud sent — starting at age 17 — to the publisher of a Jihadist magazine.

Knight reminded the jury of the many exchanges between the defendant and undercover FBI agents posing as Al Qaeda members. Knight noted that Mohamud said he wanted to become operational for them.

Knight said jurors are under instructions to uphold the law, whether they approve of the FBI’s methods. He reminded the jury the defendant was charged with setting off a weapon of mass destruction in Portland.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud booking photo.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud booking photo.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Knight said it’s common sense that, quote, “An individual simply cannot be entrapped to commit an offense such as this.”

Federal defender Lisa Hay objected to Knight’s suggestion. She said that contradicts the law on which the case must be decided.

Judge Garr King overruled her objection, and said the defense could state those concerns to the jury during its own closing statement this afternoon.

April Baer is covering the Mohamud trial for OPB. You can reach her at

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