TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A federal judge says prosecutors may expose jurors to the words "terrorist" and "terrorism" at the upcoming trial of Sami Osmakac.
Osmakac's attorney asked for a ban on "terrorist" or similar words, calling them inflammatory and prejudicial.
U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven denied that request Wednesday, saying she won't require prosecutors to obscure Osmakac's alleged motive.
The defendant himself had used such descriptors, she noted from the government's evidence, which quotes him expressing a desire to "terrorize" and to create a "second 9/11."
The 27-year-old is accused of planning attacks on Tampa-area bars and bridges as payback for wrongs he said were done to Muslims. No attack was carried out.
The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1guWHKw) reports that the trial is scheduled for May 27.
Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.
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