Plea Deal Possible for Wrigley Fake Bomb Suspect

A hearing will be held Tuesday about the possible plea deal

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011  |  Updated 6:05 AM CDT
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2010: Sami Samir Hassoun is charged with allegedly taking a fake bomb given to him by undercover FBI agents, then dropping it in a trash bin near Wrigley Field.

2010: Sami Samir Hassoun is charged with allegedly taking a fake bomb given to him by undercover FBI agents, then dropping it in a trash bin near Wrigley Field.

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A hearing will be held Tuesday about a possible plea deal for a Lebanese immigrant accused of placing a backpack he thought contained a bomb near Chicago's Wrigley Field last year.

Judge Robert Gettleman is expected to consider striking a Feb. 6 trial date amid indications of progress between prosecutors and defense lawyers in resolving the case.

Prosecutors didn't provide details when they said in a filing last week that "the parties now believe that this matter will be resolved without a trial."

Sami Samir Hassoun had earlier pleaded not guilty, including to attempted use a weapon of mass destruction.

Prosecutors accuse him of taking a fake bomb given to him by undercover FBI agents, then dropping it in a trash bin near the home of the Chicago Cubs.

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