Assistant U.S. Attorney Pamala Holsinger described Mohamud as a dangerous jihadist with al-Qaida associates, a young man who plotted for months to set off a bomb at Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square and kill "each and every one" of the estimated 25,000 people gathered there for a holiday tree lighting ceremony.

Stephen R. Sady, Mohamud's chief defense lawyer, described his 21-year-old client as a friendly, kind, goofy young man guilty only of espousing unpopular views about 9/11, jihad and Osama bin Laden before sophisticated undercover FBI operatives molded him into an Islamic extremist.
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