Judge denies attempted Christmas tree bomber's attorneys access to surveillance

Judge denies attempted Christmas tree bomber's attorneys access to surveillance
A courtroom sketch of Mohamed Mohamud during jury selection on Thursday. (Sketch by Deborah Marble)

PORTLAND, Ore.— Defense lawyers for attempted Christmas tree bomber Mohamed Mahamud will not gain access to all of the surveillance information about their client that the FBI gathered under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

U.S. District Judge Garr King said late Wednesday that he doesn't believe he can or should force the government to provide that surveillance in the case of Mohamed Mohamud.
   
The Somali-American was accused in an FBI sting of plotting to detonate a bomb at Portland's downtown Christmas tree lighting in 2010. Undercover agents supplied a fake bomb.
   
Government lawyers disclosed in November that prosecutors conducted warrantless overseas surveillance directed at Mohamud.
   
The disclosure came months after Mohamud was convicted of attempting to detonate a weapon of mass destruction. Mohamud argued that the late notice means he may not have received a fair trial.

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