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Terror suspect appears in court Tuesday

Update: Judge orders some but not all evidence turned over to defense attorneys

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are clashed in federal court Tuesday over evidence that should be disclosed in the case of Mohamed Mohamud, the Somali-American who the government has accused of plotting to bomb the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Pioneer Square on Nov. 26, 2010.

Mohamud sat quietly at the defense table during the proceedings.

The hearing was be held before U.S. District Court Judge Garr King. He ordered the federal government to turn over recordings of all statements made by Mohamud, as requested by defense attorneys. Prosecutors said they already turned over all relevant ones.

At the same time, King also denied several other defense requests, including on why Mohamud was placed on the federal no-fly list.

n a series of filings with the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Mohamud's attorneys have argued that Mohamud would not have planned and participated in the plot without the encouragement of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and their undercover operatives - a defense known as entrapment.

The defense attorneys are expected to argue for access to government records in the case that will prove Mohamud was not predisposed to commit the crime at Tuesday's hearings.

Some of the records being sought by the attorneys are listed in a lengthy memorandum filed with the court on Feb. 21, 2012. They include all statements by Mohamud that were recorded during face-to-face conversations, telephone calls, text messages, emails and other correspondence. The attorneys are also seeking the identification of any and all government agents and operatives in contact with Mohamud.

Government attorneys have responded that Mohamud was not tricked or encouraged into plotting to bomb the ceremony. In court filings, they have argued that it was Mohamud's idea in the first place.

According to the government, Mohamud believed the undercover operatives working with him were actual terrorists. They built a fake bomb that Mohamud thought was real, then drive together to a parking space near the square as it was filling up with people for the annual event.

After parking the van, Mohamud and the operatives went to a location near Union Station. Mohamud was arrested when he pressed a button on a cell phone that he thought would detonate the bomb.