Prosecutors Petition Judge to Be Able to Use Words 'Terrorist,' 'Jihad' - 13 November 2012

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are preparing to make their first arguments before a judge in the case of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, accused of conspiring with men he believed were Islamic radicals to detonate a car bomb in the midst of a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon in 2010.

Only before the trial begins, prosecutors have had to make another case to the judge: Permission to refer to the Oregon suspect as a "terrorist” and to describe the crimes he is accused of in his own words – namely, "violent jihad” and "martyrdom.” (continue reading...)