The trials of Mohamed and Megahed, charged with carrying explosive devices across state lines, have been put off a few weeks, but a judge ruled today that the search fo the cars was legal. Defense lawyers had suggested the Goose Creek officers who arrested the two Egyptian-born men didn’t have enough suspicion based on the evidence alone to search the vehicle and showed offensive comments made by the officers during the traffic stop, including “Taliban” and “terrorist.”

Pizzo wrote that despite the remarks, “the officer had probable cause to stop the defendants for speeding, the brief questioning of the defendants was not unreasonable in scope nor duration, and the driver consented to the search.”