CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge agreed Wednesday to push back deadlines in the "unusual and complex" case of an Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol.
U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith postponed pretrial filing deadlines from April 10 to May 29 in the case of Christopher Lee Cornell.
Federal prosecutors had requested the delay, and Cornell's attorneys did not object. Prosecutors pointed to the need to work under special federal procedures meant to protect classified national security information while preserving defendants' fair-trial rights.
"The court has already concluded that this case is both unusual and complex," Beckwith wrote.
Cornell, 21, who has asked to be called by his Muslim name, Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, was arrested Jan. 14 outside a gun shop after the FBI said he bought two M-15 assault weapons and 600 rounds of ammunition. The FBI said in court documents Cornell wanted to "wage jihad."
The suburban Cincinnati man has pleaded not guilty to charges including attempted murder of government employees and officials. His father has said he was coerced and misled by a government "snitch."
Beckwith recently refused to cut back his jail phone access, while ordering that efforts to contact him be authorized by his defense attorneys.
Cornell's attorneys said he has been held in isolation in Kentucky's Boone County Jail and taking away his regular phone access could compromise his ability to assist in his defense and cause psychological harm.
Prosecutors had expressed security concerns after Cornell told a TV station he would have gone to Washington and shot President Barack Obama in the head and carried out other violence, if he hadn't been arrested.
Beckwith scheduled a status conference for June 1.
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