Lawyer: California terrorism suspect mentally ill

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Updated: 5/08/2014 1:32 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The lawyer for a California man facing a terrorism charge says his client has a mental illness that made him vulnerable to a confidential informant.

Nicholas Michael Teausant allegedly talked to the informant and an undercover FBI agent about joining a terrorist group and fighting in Syria.

But his attorney, Assistant Federal Defender Benjamin Galloway, says in court papers Teausant's talk was "all hot air," and he took no action to support terrorism other than boarding a train to Washington state, where he was arrested in March.

Investigators say he planned to travel to Canada before heading to Syria. Teausant has pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to provide support to a foreign terrorist organization.

The Sacramento Bee reported on Wednesday that a federal magistrate ordered his release on $200,000 bail, but then stayed the order pending a government appeal.

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