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Report says Washington County terror suspect will face long odds at trial

Attorneys for bomb plot suspect Mohamed Osman Mohamud face an uphill legal battle

Attorneys for bomb plot suspect Mohamed Osman Mohamud face an uphill legal battle, according to a recent analysis of federal terrorism cases conducted by Associated Press.

Mohamud, who grew up in Beaverton, is accused of plotting to set off a bomb at the Nov. 26, 2010 Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Pioneer Courthouse Square. His federal public defenders are arguing that a government informant entrapped the former Oregon State University student into committing the crime.

But the AP found that the federal government has won 90 percent of its major terrorism cases during the past 10 years, including those that involve informants.

Of the nearly 200 most serious terrorism cases brought since the 9/11 attacks, 178 have ended in convictions.

The analysis included the cases of the seven Portland Muslims who pled guilty to various charges related to plans to fight allied troops in Afghanistan.