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Judge delays Chicago terrorism trial by 9 months

October 8, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has pushed back by nearly nine months the trial of a 20-year-old suburban man accused of trying to ignite a bomb outside a Chicago bar.

Attorneys for Adel Daoud (DAH’-ood) asked for the delay and Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman granted it at a Wednesday hearing in Chicago. The trial had been scheduled for next month. It’ll now begin July 27.

Coleman said she reluctantly changed the date but added she understood complexities of the case required more preparation time.

One issue the sides have litigated is the extent to which agents used expanded phone and Internet surveillance to investigate Daoud.

Among the reasons the defense gave for requesting a delay was the need to further research a Polish national who communicated with Daoud before his 2012 arrest.

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