Judge sets April trial date in Ore. bomb case
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge in Oregon has set an April trial date for a man accused of trying to set off a bomb in downtown Portland last year during a holiday tree lighting ceremony.
U.S. District Judge Garr King set the date during arguments Wednesday over the release of evidence in the case of Mohamed Mohamud, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempting to detonate a weapon of mass destruction.
He was arrested after an undercover operation involving a phony bomb and an alleged plot to detonate it in a holiday crowd.
Defense lawyers say federal prosecutors should turn over all recorded statements that could be attributed to Mohamud. But prosecutors have said in court papers the defense is asking for information to which it is not entitled.