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Judge allows word 'terrorist' at Osmakac trial in Tampa
by Patty Ryan
Federal prosecutors may expose jurors to the words "terrorist" and "terrorism" at the upcoming trial of Sami Osmakac, a federal judge says.
The Pinellas Park man is accused of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in the Tampa Bay area, but his attorney, George E. Tragos, asked for a ban on "terrorist" or similar words, calling them inflammatory and prejudicial.
U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven denied that request Wednesday, saying she will not require prosecutors to obscure Osmakac's alleged motive.
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