Sept 22, 2010
Accused would be bomber of Wrigleyville, Sami Hassoun was judged to be a danger and a flight risk and was denied bail today by US District Judge Susan Cox, who was quoted as saying: “it’s hard to imagine a more serious crime” than a threat to set off explosives in a city.
Was more than a threat – he actually placed what he thought was a fully armed bomb. Entrapment does not include the actual placing of a weapon of mass destruction.
Hassoun charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and of an explosive device.
UPDATE NBC 5 News
Hassoun’s lawyer has already laid out the defense – entrapment, tough childhood in the Ivory Coast, mental impairment/lack of impulse control, big talker.
No he is not a terrorist. I understand [the prosecutors'] portrayal but the reality is I think he wanted to make his confidential source happy and he was given certain ideas and he ran with it.
There are so many scatterbrained ideas that he threw out there .
He has lack of control where we back off and step away from situations he didn’t appreciate that.
Who is ‘we”.
Posted on Hassoun’s Facebook page:
It’s not what you know – it’s what you can prove in court.