Wrigleyville Bomb Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

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

Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 2:29 PM 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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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."

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