Wrigleyville Bomb Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Medical student put backpack containing "explosives" in a trash can last month, authorities say

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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. (Published Thursday, Sep 1, 2011)

    The medical student on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he plotted to set off a bomb in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood last month.

    Sami Samir Hassoun appeared with his lawyer in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Cox.

    "My client is not a terrorist," Hassoun's defense attorney, Myron Auerbach, said after the hearing, according to the Chicago Tribune.  "My client is a troubled young man... he's a big talker, (it was) a lot of bluster. He crossed a lot of lines you and I would not cross with his verbiage, but he talked too much."

    Hassoun, a 22-year-old medical student, placed a backpack containing what he thought was an explosive device into a Wrigleyville trash can, federal authorities said on Sept. 20.

    Auerbach immediately denied that his client was a terrorist and said his arrest was a case of entrapment.

    "My client didn't bring anything of his own making to the incident," he said at the time.  "Things were given to him."