PORTLAND -- A federal judge in Oregon has rejected a defense request for a new trial for Mohamed Mohamud, the Somali American convicted in the Pioneer Square Christmas tree bombing plot, according to a report in the Oregonian.

U.S. District Judge Garr King found no serious miscarriage of justice occurred during his trial, the newspaper reported.

Jurors found Mohamud guilty last January of attempting to detonate a bomb at Portland's 2010 Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.

The bomb was a fake, provided by government agents posing as terrorists. Mohamud's chief lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Oregonian reports that the defense team argued points expected to be raised on appeal after Mohamud's sentencing.

The defense contends the young man was entrapped and that the judge's decision to let FBI undercover agents testify under fake identities harmed the defense effort.

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