Mohamud trial pushed from May to October

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The federal trial of a young man charged with attempting to detonate a weapon of mass destruction at a Portland holiday tree-lighting ceremony in 2010 has been postponed from May to Oct. 2.

The Oregonian reports that U.S. District Judge Garr King recently approved changes to the trial schedule for Mohamed Mohamud.

Lawyers are sparring over evidence that the defense wants the prosecution to turn over as part of the unusual process of discovery in a national security case.

The newspaper said a defense motion filed Tuesday raises questions about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, in Washington, D.C. Judges there approve surveillance of suspects in terrorism and espionage cases.

Mohamud's lawyers seek documents that government agents submitted to the surveillance court to get permission to eavesdrop on their client. The government has objected to the disclosure.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com