Judge: surveillance warrants OK in Mohamud case

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled that FBI eavesdropping was lawfully authorized in the case of a young Portland man accused of attempting to detonate a car bomb at a 2010 Portland Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.

U.S. District Judge Garr King said Monday he privately reviewed papers supporting surveillance warrants in the case of 20-year-old Mohamed Mohamud. King says he saw nothing that gave him cause for concern that false statements were made to support the surveillance applications.

His ruling means that defense lawyers won't get to see the surveillance warrants.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/MXCCRF) that defense lawyers had asked King to let them review the papers submitted by the FBI to obtain the warrants.

Arrested after a 15-month investigation, Mohamud is charged with attempting to detonate a weapon of mass destruction. The device was a harmless fake.

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