A federal judge has affirmed the legality of the U.S. government's secret, warrantless bulk phone and email data collection in denying Mohamed Mohamud's motion to dismiss his terrorism conviction. (AP Photo/Mauthnomah County Sheriff's Office, File)
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The ruling also upheld Mohamud's conviction on terrorism charges.That was the case with Mohamud, whose email communications with two terror suspects were used as evidence at his trial.Indeed, King said in his ruling that Mohamud's attorneys didn't have classified information provided by prosecutors to King, and therefore could only speculate as to the evidence given falsely or omitted by the government.King held that Mohamud's most persuasive argument was that, even if the original surveillance were lawful, the subsequent use of that information on a U.S. citizen required a warrant. Previous federal appeals court rulings have said that the government needs a warrant to test pills seized in an unrelated search or to search a computer for more information that the warrant sought.Those rulings, the defense argued, meant King should apply the same standard to the evidence seized.
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