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Prosecutors don't have to share informant details


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Posted Online: March 07, 2013, 11:21 am
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CHICAGO (AP) Prosecutors don't have to disclose details to defense attorneys about an informant in the case of a Chicago man who'll be sentenced next month for putting what he thought was a bomb near Wrigley Field.

A federal judge made that ruling at a Thursday hearing for Sami Samir Hassoun.

Hassoun's attorneys have made public FBI notes indicating agents feared the informant risked entrapping Hassoun during the investigation.

They say details such as how much the informant was paid are relevant. They say defendants egged on to commit a crime are typically penalized less than those who think it up themselves.

But Judge Robert Gettleman said such details might be relevant at a trial but not at sentencing after a defendant's already pleaded guilty.

Prosecutors want a 30-year prison term.














 




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