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Mohamud Attorneys, Prosecutors Spar Over Breadth Of Evidence

OPB | Jan. 8, 2013 5:32 p.m. | Updated: Jan. 18, 2013 3:03 p.m. | Portland, OR

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April Baer

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A few days of legal wrangling are left before a high-profile counter-terrorism case goes to trial in Portland. The case involves the young man accused of conspiring to set off a bomb at Portland’s tree-lighting ceremony. His attorneys will tell the jury he was entrapped by the FBI.

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Defense attorneys have explored in some detail how they will steer around the large amount of classified evidence the government has assembled for its case against Mohamed Mohamud.

For example, the government may argue that FBI agents need to deflect some questions, citing the need for secrecy. So how might attorneys phrase questions to illuminate what the evidence shows?

U.S. District Judge Garr King says he’ll permit questions framed around some, but not all the evidence gathered throughout the investigation.

Mohamud’s attorneys also say they haven’t had adequate access to all the emails investigators found on Mohamud’s computer. So far, Judge King has declined to revise an earlier ruling, limiting what the jury will see.

Jury selection begins Thursday.

April Baer is covering the Mohamud trial for OPB. You can reach her at abaer@opb.org.

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