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Defense Readies For Arguments In Bomb Plot Case

The defense team for a man accused of attempting to detonate a bomb in downtown Portland will present arguments this week intended to show their client was entrapped by government agents.

The arguments are part of a series of hearings that begin Tuesday in the government’s case against Mohamed Mohamud, a 21-year-old former college student accused of attempting to detonate a weapon of mass destruction at a Portland Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in 2010.

The defense will argue that a vulnerable Mohamud was entrapped by government agents, who exploited his religious zeal and his financial problems.

The prosecution will argue that no reasonable person, no matter the inducements of money or appeal to religious glory, could be led to commit what they knew would be an act of terrorism.

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