Judge denies bail for Chicago bomb suspect

MICHAEL TARM - Associated Press Writer
Patron of Sluggers Sports Bar and Grill walk along Clark Street on block from Wrigley Field, background, before a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 in Chicago. Sami Samir Hassoun, 22, a Lebanese citizen living in Chicago for about three years, was charged Monday with one count each of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted use of an explosive device outside the bar last Saturday night. Hassoun, allegedly placed a backpack he thought contained a bomb outside the bar but got a fake explosive from an FBI undercover agent, authorities say. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Patron of Sluggers Sports Bar and Grill walk along Clark Street on block from Wrigley Field, background, before a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 in Chicago. Sami Samir Hassoun, 22, a Lebanese citizen living in Chicago for about three years, was charged Monday with one count each of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted use of an explosive device outside the bar last Saturday night. Hassoun, allegedly placed a backpack he thought contained a bomb outside the bar but got a fake explosive from an FBI undercover agent, authorities say.

A federal judge says a man accused of trying to plant a bomb in Chicago must stay in jail while awaiting trial.

U.S. District Judge Susan Cox denied bail Wednesday to 22-year-old Sami Samir Hassoun, saying he is a danger and a flight risk.

The Lebanese immigrant allegedly dropped a backpack he thought contained a bomb near Chicago's Wrigley Field.

But the device was fake, supplied by FBI undercover agents who had posed as co-plotters after an informant told them about Hassoun.

Hassoun was charged Monday with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and of an explosive device.

Cox told the courtroom that "it's hard to imagine a more serious crime" than a threat to set off explosives in a city.