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Gag Order Placed On Texas Terror Case

By Jack Fink, CBS 11 News
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Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari has been accused of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. (credit: Lubbock County Sheriff's Office)

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari has been accused of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. (credit: Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office)

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LUBBOCK (CBSDFW.COM) – A federal judge in Lubbock has imposed a gag order in the case of a Saudi man accused of plotting to bomb former President George W. Bush’s house and many other targets nationwide.

Court records show Judge Sam Cummings ruled that accused terrorist Khalid Aldawsari, his defense attorney, and federal prosecutors are not allowed to communicate with the news media about this case.

The Judge says because of the extraordinary amount of news coverage, any comments by the both sides could prejudice a fair trial.

After being arrested two weeks ago, Aldawsari has now been indicted on a charge he attempted to use a weapon of mass destruction.

The 20-year-old Lubbock college student has been in the U.S. legally since 2008 on a student visa. He has pleaded not guilty.

If convicted, Aldawsari faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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