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E-mails allowed in 'shoe bomb' case

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BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- A federal judge said Wednesday he will allow the use of e-mails from Richard Reid, charged with trying to detonate bombs in his shoes during a trans-Atlantic flight, to be used as evidence at trial.

Prosecutors say the e-mails show Reid's desire to kill men, women and children.

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Attorneys for Reid had tried to prevent use of their client's e-mail, but prosecutors contended that proper search warrants were used to obtain the material.

Siding with the government, Judge William Young denied the motion to suppress the evidence and said prosecutors can use the e-mails during trial.

Prosecutors allege one of Reid's e-mail folders contained a "manifesto-type document" that Reid refers to as his will, which includes "a religious justification for killing women and children that is relevant to proof at trial of Reid's intent," according to court documents.

In another e-mail, Reid asks his mother to forgive him "for all the problems I have caused you both in life and in death."

Reid, 29, a British citizen and convert to Islam, was arrested for allegedly trying to light a fuse to set off explosives concealed in his sneakers while on American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami December 22.

He was subdued by flight attendants and passengers, who saw him try to light the inner tongue of his sneaker, which had a wire protruding from it. During the struggle to pin Reid down, he bit a flight attendant.

Two French doctors onboard the flight injected Reid with three drugs, including an antihistamine and the sedatives Valium and Narcan. The plane was diverted to Boston.

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