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Breaking: It’s Over! Underwear Bomber Pulls Surprise and Pleads Guilty


Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marshals photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — The man dubbed the “underwear bomber” unleashed a surprise on Wednesday in the second day of his terrorism trial in federal court in  downtown Detroit when he decided to hang it all up and plead guilty to all eight charges.

The Detroit News reported that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 24, pleaded guilty to charges related to his attempt to blowing  up a Northwest plane bound from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009.

The bomb in his underwear never detonated properly.

His guilty plea is not likely to bring him any break.

The government had overwhelming evidence in the case and had declined to offer him any kind of break on prison time. Since no one died on the flight, he wasn’t going to face the death penalty.

The News reported that the plea came after a 45 minute recess in the trial before U.S. District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds.

The judge asked if he wanted to waive his right to a trial, to which he responded, according to the News:

“That’s right.”

READER COMMENTS

Comment from Alan Stamm | [e]
Time October 12, 2011 at 10:43 am

So he has at least a smidgen of sense after all, thankfully.

Next stop: federal Administrative Maximum Facility in Colorado.

Comment from Jim Burdick | [e]
Time October 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm

And along the way went on a nasty rant that he did it because of America’s support of Israel and America’s killing of “innocent Muslims” (were they school children on busses??). He was doing “God’s work,” he says, and now will have a lifetime to pray. (But, first, he snitched out a whole lot of people right after he was arrested. Who knows what happened since then!)

 

Detroit Feds Score Victory; Judge Rules Incriminating Statements of Underwear Bomber Admissible


Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marshals photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds in Detroit scored a victory in a pretrial battle against the man dubbed the “Underwear Bomber.”

The Detroit Free reports that U.S. District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds ruled Thursday that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s incriminating statements he made to the FBI after the 2009 incident can be used in trial.

The paper reported that the judge concluded that Abdulmutallab wasn’t under the influence of the painkiller fentanyl when he confessed to the FBI that he was an al Qaeda operative who was trying to blow up the Northwest airlines plane bound for Detroit from Europe on Christmas Day in in 2009.

Edmunds also ruled that agents didn’t have to read him his Miranda rights before the interview because of concerns that there might have been other suicide bombers planning attacks that day.

“I’m satisfied based on the testimony… that he was in fact lucid, not confused and fully oriented,” Edmunds said following two days of testimony at an evidentiary hearing, according to the Free Press. “There was no reason to believe he didn’t understand the questions being asked or circumstances under which he was being asked those questions.”

She added: “I’m also satisfied there was a national security exception… that excused the giving of Miranda warnings.”

Agents eventually read the Miranda rights after questioning him for a while.

Jury selection is set to begin Oct. 4. Trial is set for Oct. 11.

 

Mi Man Who Impersonated FBI Agent Gets 3 Years

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A 57-year-old Michigan man has been hit with a three year prison term for impersonating an FBI agent, the Daily Tribune reported.

The paper reported that U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds in Detroit sentenced Kevin Balfour of Warren, Mi, a Detroit suburb, earlier this month.

The paper reported the man impersonated an FBI agent and said he was collecting money for Haiti, where he might be deployed. He said the money was for the children.

He reportedly also used his FBI credentials to get free food and drinks from a local bar, and last Christmas Day questioned passengers who were on the plane where the “Underwear Bomber” tried to ignite explosive, the paper reported.

The paper reported that FBI agents searched his home and seized 16 guns, 1,000 rounds of ammunition, a bulletproof vest, FBI badge and two Chicago police badges.

Underwear Bomber Due in Court; His Attys Try to Get Plea Deal

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The infamous underwear bomber who tried blowing up a plane arriving in Detroit on Christmas day last year is due in court Monday, the Associated Press reported.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab of Nigeria is expected to appear before U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds in downtown Detroit, AP reported. She’s expected to set a trial date.

AP reported that defense lawyers filed a court papers last week saying they had talked to prosecutors on “multiple occasions” about a possible plea agreement. The U.S. attorney’s office has declined to comment, AP reported.

“Making a plea deal would send the wrong message. … They have enough evidence to put Mr. Abdulmutallab in prison for life,” Shama Chopra, who was on the plane, and husband Ray Chopra of Montreal said in an e-mail, according to AP.

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Defense Lawyers Accuse Govt. of Misconduct in Detroit Motorcycle Gang Convictions

detroit mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — Defense attorneys were in federal court in downtown Detroit earlier this week alleging that the government engaged in misconduct and committed a number of errors to get convictions for all six Highwaymen Motorcycle Club members earlier this year, the Detroit Free press reported.

The Free Press reported that defense lawyers on Tuesday told U.S. District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds that the prosecution withheld evidence that could have helped their case, manufactured a bogus conspiracy theory “and paid one witness $25,000 for his testimony with the expectation that he would get additional bonuses if he helped secure a conviction.”

“We don’t think that the government should be paying witnesses bonuses,” one attorney Jim Thomas said, according to the Free Press.

Prosecutors denied any wrongdoing and said the convictions were legitimate, the Free Press reported.

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