Judge Denies Motion to Suppress Evidence from Search Warrants in Hassan Case

May 08, 2018 03:36 PM

The video above is from an April 12 report. 

A motion filed by lawyers representing the woman accused of starting fires on the campus of St. Catherine University seeking to suppress evidence obtained as a result of search warrants has been denied by a federal court judge.


In early February, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced a three-count indictment of Tnuza Jamal Hassan, charging her with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, making a false statement to the FBI and arson.

RELATED: Court Document: 'Files of Concern' Found on Phone of St. Kate's Terror Suspect

The charges came in connection to fires that were set at St. Kate's on Jan. 17, including inside a building that housed a day care center where 33 kids and eight adults were present.

No one was hurt. 

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Hassan entered a plea of not guilty, and the judge in the case ordered she remain in jail while awaiting trial.

Her lawyers had asked the court to review nine search warrants to determine whether they lacked probable cause and whether they were overly broad in scope.

The court ruled eight of the search warrants contained probable cause and were sufficiently particular, including warrants for various digital devices, her Google accounts and a package that was addressed to Hassan at the home she shared with her mother.

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It came from a woman in Malaysia. Authorities wished to open that package to look for potential information related to "Hassan's planning, preparation, and execution of arson, attempt to support al-Qaida, and make false statements, as well as her motives."

RELATED: Woman Accused of St. Kate's Arson Now Facing Federal Terrorism Charge

The court also ruled that in the case of a search warrant directed at YouTube, Hassan lacks standing to challenge.

RELATED: Sources: FBI Investigating Woman Charged with Arson at St. Catherine

The court said alleged statements to law enforcement officials that she intended to travel to Afghanistan to support al-Qaida and the Taliban, and she was inspired to do by watching radical videos on her laptop and cellphones, provided probable cause for the search warrants covering those devices.

RELATED: Suspect Identified Following Multiple Fires on St. Catherine Campus

It also said authorities had established probable cause that evidence related to arson, aiding a foreign terrorist organization and false statements might be found in Hassan's Google accounts. 


Frank Rajkowski

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