The Latest: Judge accepts rare plea in Chicago bomb plot

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the case of a man charged with plotting to bomb a Chicago bar (all times local):

5 p.m.

Over strong objections from prosecutors, a judge has taken the rare step of allowing a man charged with plotting to bomb a Chicago bar to avert trial and move to sentencing without ever saying he did anything wrong.

Adel Daoud entered an Alford plea Monday in the rare hearing in Chicago federal court. Under such a plea, he said he maintained his innocence while simultaneously acknowledging prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.

Prosecutor Barry Jonas objected to the Alford plea, saying Daoud needed to take responsibility. An earlier filing by prosecutors said accepting the plea would let stand erroneous defense claims the FBI entrapped Daoud.

Daoud also entered Alford pleas to separate charges, including that he solicited the killing of an FBI agent and attacked a fellow inmate who drew the Prophet Muhammad.

Sentencing is April 29. Daoud faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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12:10 p.m.

A man who pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to detonate what he believed was a bomb in Chicago is hoping to change his plea, despite opposition from prosecutors.

Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman would have to accept 25-year-old Adel Daoud’s Alford plea at a Monday hearing. It’s a rare plea for a terrorism case. He wouldn’t admit guilt but would concede evidence will lead to his conviction.

If she accepts it, Daoud would proceed to sentencing in several weeks.

Defense lawyers had said they intend to put “the FBI on trial” for entrapping Daoud. Prosecutors argue that accepting the plea lets those claims stand.

Prosecutors also oppose Daoud entering Alford pleas in separate indictments alleging he solicited an agent’s murder and attacked an inmate who drew the Prophet Muhammad.

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