Alleged Terrorist Asked for Key Ruling Vacated

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    Tom Gianni
    Adel Daoud

    An alleged terrorist's attorneys want a judge to vacate her ruling saying the government doesn't have to divulge whether its investigation included expanded surveillance programs that Edward Snowden recently revealed.

    Adel Daoud denies trying to ignite what he thought was a bomb in Chicago last year.

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    His defense lawyers' filing says Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman recently said she'd take months to rule and that she'd hear oral arguments first.

    Instead, her ruling was entered as a single sentence Wednesday. She seems to side with prosecutors who argue they won't use evidence derived from expanded surveillance at trial, so they aren't obliged to disclose it.

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    If extended surveillance prompted the investigation, the defense wants to challenge subsequent evidence on grounds it violated protections against unreasonable searches.