US: Don't let defense utter 'Snowden' to jurors

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Posted: Jun 03, 2015 7:25 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors want a federal judge in a Chicago terrorism case to prohibit the defense from mentioning Edward Snowden at a 21-year-old suspect's upcoming trial.

The Wednesday government filing is in Adel Daoud's case. He's pleaded not guilty to trying to ignite a bomb outside a Chicago bar.

An appeals court last year denied a defense request to go through Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court records on Daoud. The defense had argued the records could help with trial preparation.

It was Snowden who disclosed how that court secretly approved expanded U.S. surveillance methods.

Prosecutors worry the defense could seek to blurt out Snowden's name and related topics at Daoud's July trial. They say the defense shouldn't be able "to encourage the jury to disregard the evidence because of the means of collection."