Judge stays secret docs order in Ill. terror case

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Associated Press

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 12:05 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge says she won't immediately implement her unprecedented ruling that gives the defense access to government documents requesting permission to conduct secret surveillance on a Chicago terrorism suspect.

During a status hearing Tuesday in Chicago, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman granted a government motion to stay her ruling as their appeal on the matter is decided.

They filed the appeal late Monday in the case of 20-year-old Adel Daoud. He denies trying to detonate a car bomb outside a Chicago bar in 2012.

In her January ruling, Coleman said giving Daoud's attorneys access to the government's application with a secret foreign intelligence court would help ensure he gets a fair trial.

She said her ruling last month was the first time a defense attorney had ever been granted such access.

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