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Underwear Bomber Hasn’t Given Up on Going Free

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marshals photo

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — The Nigerian man known as the “Underwear Bomber,” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, hasn’t given up the fight to go free.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Thursday heard arguments from his lawyer Travis Rossman, who wants his client’s guilty plea tossed. He wants him to undergo a competency hearing, according to the Associated Press.. He also argued that the punishment — multiple life sentences — was far too harsh considering the only person injured on the Christmas Day flight in 2009 was his 26-year-old client.

The prosecution, as expected, disagreed.

In a court filing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Tukel wrote:

Abdulmutallab’s four life sentences did not violate the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. The magnitude of his crimes—seeking to kill 289 people on behalf of a violent terrorist organization; his complete lack of remorse, which actually is pride in his mission; and his future dangerousness, make the … life sentences proportional to the crimes. The defendant’s sentences were substantively reasonable for the same reasons.

‘Underwear Bomber’ Not Entitled to New Lawyer, Govt. Says

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marshals photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called “underwear bomber” who tried to ignite a bomb in his underwear on a Detroit-bound flight on Christmas Day in 2009, wants a new — preferably Muslim stand-by lawyer — for his upcoming sentencing on Jan. 19, the Detroit Free Press reports. Fed prosecutors are opposed.

“Because defendant represents himself, he has no right to standby counsel, let alone standby counsel of his choice,” federal prosecutors wrote in court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit, according to the Free Press. They say he isn’t entitled to one, and granting his demand would delay the hearing which numerous passengers on the Detroit flight have planned to attend and speak at.

Abdulmutallab requested a new lawyer recently for his upcoming January 19 sentencing.

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Detroit Fed Judge Sets August Plea Deadline for Underwear Bomber

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marshals photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The man dubbed the Underwear Bomber has until Aug. 19 to hammer out a plea deal, the Associated reported. Trial is set for October.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who tried blowing up an Amsterdam to Detroit bound Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas day in 2009, appeared in U.S. District Court on Thursday in downtown Detroit.

Prosecutors had asked for the plea deadline for Abdulmutallab, who is representing himself, AP reported.

Knowledgeable sources have privately said that Abdumutallab, should he choose to knock out a plea, won’t have much bargaining power since he was caught in the act in front of a number of witnesses.

They say he might be able to negotiate for certain conditions in prison, but isn’t likely to get much more.

LA Times Editorial: New Guildelines for Miranda Rights “Defensible”

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marshals photo

By The Los Angeles Times
Editorial Page

There was an uproar when it was revealed that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called Christmas Day bomber, was read his Miranda rights. The hysterical reaction obscured a real dilemma for law enforcement: how to obtain what could be vital information about terrorist plots without denying suspects their legal rights. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and the FBI have produced guidelines that adroitly balance the two interests.

Issued Oct. 21 but made public only recently, the guidelines will not please those conservatives who insist that suspected terrorists shouldn’t be Mirandized at all. But they strike us as reasonable and, equally important, useful in heading off efforts in Congress to weaken Miranda.

The guidelines say that if applicable, “agents should ask any and all questions that are reasonably prompted by an immediate concern for the safety of the public or the arresting agents without advising the arrestee of his Miranda rights.” This advice is consistent with a 1984 Supreme Court decision making an exception from the Miranda requirement for questioning motivated by a concern for public safety.

Next, the guidelines say that after public safety concerns have been resolved, agents should promptly Mirandize a suspect. But there are exceptions: situations in which, “although all relevant public safety questions have been asked, agents nonetheless conclude that continued unwarned interrogation is necessary to collect valuable and timely intelligence not related to any immediate threat, and that the government’s interest in obtaining this intelligence outweighs the disadvantages of proceeding with unwarned interrogation.” This provision pushes the public safety exception to its limit, but it’s defensible.

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Christmas Day Bomber Read Rights 9 Hours — Not 50 Minutes– After His Arrest, Administration Says

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The political bickering and posturing over the questioning of the Christmas Day bomber continued in true Washington fashion Sunday.

Ex-Vice President Dick Cheney, who some may view as being on a campaign to prop up or save his legacy, went on ABC and said the administration should have considered everything up to waterboarding when questioning the infamous Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Then Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) went on Fox and criticized the administration for reading the bomber his Miranda rights “within 50 minutes”.

Then on Sunday, according to the Washington Post, “senior administration officials” released information saying that the bomber was read his Miranda rights 9 hours — not 50 minutes — after his arrest.

After 50 minutes of questioning, the story goes, medical personnel said his condition had deteriorated to the point questioning was no longer possible.

Then nine hours later, the Post reports:”New FBI agents meet with Abdulmutallab in his hospital room. He says he will not answer their questions and “acted like a jihadi. He is read his Miranda rights.”

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Feds Obtain Passengers’ Videos of Bomber’s Northwest Flight

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON –In this tech savvy world of ours it’s not unusual to find a video of  a public event worth noting.

The Detroit News reported that federal authorities have “obtained at least two videos taken by passengers” aboard the  now infamous Christmas day flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

The bombing suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 8.