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Request for mistrial denied in Portland bomb plot case

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The attorneys for Mohamed Mohamud requested a mistrial in the Portland bomb plot case, but that request was promptly denied.

In a motion filed Thursday, one day after the case was handed over to the jury, the defense said the court's response to a jury question was confusing to jurors.

At issue was the word "crime."

The defense said the government must prove either that the defendant was predisposed to commit "the crime" before being contacted by government agents or the defendant was not induced by the government to commit "the crime."

The jury submitted a note referencing the meaning of the word "crime" as it pertained to the jury instructions.

"The court's response did not answer the question asked," the court filing read. "Rather, it included comment on one type of evidence that the jury may consider."

Mohamud's attorneys said the response given to jurors needed to be withdrawn and a new statement written up. If that wasn't done, the defense said the alternative was a motion for mistrial.

Judge Garr M. King issued an order denying the motion for a mistrial Thursday afternoon.

Mohamud is accused of attempting to detonate a bomb at Portland's 2010 Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.

He faces life in prison if convicted.

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