Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab http://michiganradio.org en "Underwear bomber" Abdulmutallab moved to Supermax prison http://michiganradio.org/post/underwear-bomber-abdulmutallab-moved-supermax-prison <p>Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the &quot;underwear bomber&quot; who was sentenced to life in prison for trying to blow up a Detroit-bound flight on Christmas Day 2009, has been moved to a Supermax prison in Colorado.</p><p>More from the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120412/METRO/204120437/-Underwear-bomber-Abdulmutallab-moved-Supermax-facility?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The maximum-security prison in Florence, Colo., 90 miles south of Denver, has about 430 inmates.</p> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 15:43:34 +0000 Mark Brush 7020 at http://michiganradio.org Judge denies "underwear bomber" request for new lawyer http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-denies-underwear-bomber-request-new-lawyer <p>The young Nigerian man convicted of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound flight two years ago will not be appointed new legal counsel ahead of his sentencing next month.</p><p>Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab says the &ldquo;stand-by&rdquo; attorney who&rsquo;s been assisting him throughout his prosecution has misled and neglected him.</p><p>Lawyer Anthony Chambers has denied those charges. And prosecutors argued Abdulmutallab &ndash; who&rsquo;s insisted on acting as his own attorney &ndash; has no legal right to standby counsel, let alone one of his choosing. The government also said granting Abdulmutallab&rsquo;s request would delay justice for the passengers of Northwest Airlines Flight 253. Judge Nancy Edmunds denied the request.</p><p>Abdulmutallab pleaded guilty to all the charges against him in October. He&rsquo;s scheduled to be sentenced&nbsp;Feb.&nbsp;16. Fri, 06 Jan 2012 18:15:59 +0000 Sarah Hulett 5678 at http://michiganradio.org Judge denies "underwear bomber" request for new lawyer Abdulmutallab requests new legal adviser ahead of sentencing http://michiganradio.org/post/abdulmutallab-requests-new-legal-adviser-ahead-sentencing <p>Convicted terrorist, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, wrote to U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds asking for a new legal advisor from the court.</p><p>According to Doug Guthrie of the <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20111220/METRO/112200357/Convicted-terrorist-Abdulmutallab-seeks-new-adviser?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p">Detroit News</a>, Abdulmutallab is asking for a Muslim lawyer &quot;to help him understand legal issues surrounding his Jan. 19 sentencing.&quot;</p><p>The News reports Abdulmutallab gave the judge a name - Elsayed Mostafa - an attorney Abdulmutallab had met earlier from the Federal Defender Office in the Eastern District of Michigan.</p><p>From the Detroit News:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;I find there is more understanding when the person is of the same religion,&quot; Abdulmutallab wrote.</p><p>Mostafa said Monday he was unaware of the letter or the personal request. Abdulmutallab had rejected lawyers from the Defender&#39;s office before Anthony Chambers was appointed.</p><p>&quot;Yes, I have met him before, and if the judge asks me to I&#39;ll meet with him again before I commit myself to the case,&quot; Mostafa said.</p></blockquote><p>Abdulmutallab said his appointed lawyer and staff &quot;treat me with contempt&quot; - a charge the lawyers deny. He&#39;s scheduled to be sentenced on January 19. Tue, 20 Dec 2011 16:27:28 +0000 Mark Brush 5477 at http://michiganradio.org Abdulmutallab pleads guilty http://michiganradio.org/post/abdulmutallab-pleads-guilty <p><strong>Update 11:53 am</strong></p><p>Abdulmutallab&#39;s stand-by attorney, Anthony Chambers, says he&#39;s &quot;disappointed&quot; with the guilty plea, but said he respects the defendant&#39;s wishes.</p><p>&quot;Certainly no lawyer worth his weight in salt would recommend a plea to life without parole,&quot; Chambers said.</p><p>Chamber said he believes Abdulmutallab&nbsp;is&nbsp;misguided and impressionable. He said the young Nigerian will not cooperate with the government.</p><p>Asked why he believed Abdulmutallab decided to plead guilty, Chambers said he thinks the statement he read upon entering his guilty plea allowed him to say what he wanted, and avoid a trial. In the statement - which Chambers said Abdulmutallab wrote himself - the defendant said his actions were a reaction to U.S. support of Israel and because of the U.S. killings of Muslims around the world. He called the bomb he carried and tried to detonate on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 a &quot;blessed weapon.&quot; He said he was guilty of violating U.S. law, but not the law of the Koran.</p><p>Abdulmutallab faces&nbsp;a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole.&nbsp;He will be sentenced January 12.</p><p><strong>Update 10:39 a.m.</strong></p><p>Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has pled guilty to all eight charges against him.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20111012/METRO/110120401/Passengers--flight-attendant-due-up-in-%E2%80%98underwear-bomber%E2%80%99-trial">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>He pleaded guilty to eight charges after he returned from a 45-minute recess, ending the most high-profile terrorism case in the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.</p><p>U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds asked him if he wished to waive his right to a trial and plead guilty.</p><p>&quot;That&#39;s right,&quot; he said.</p><p>The guilty plea marksa major victory against terrorism for the Justice Department, which was criticized by some for trying Abdulmutallab in civilian court instead of a military tribunal.</p></blockquote><p>David Ashenfelter of the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20111012/NEWS02/111012010/Live-blog-Lawyer-says-Abdulmutallab-going-plead-guilty?odyssey=mod|breaking|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press</a> reports that Abdulmutallab faces 30 years to life in prison.</p><div style="border: currentColor; text-align: left; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); overflow: hidden; text-decoration: none; background-color: transparent;"><strong>10:19 a.m.</strong></div><p>The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press are reporting that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is pleading guilty on charges of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound jetliner on Christmas Day 2009.</p><p><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20111012/NEWS02/111012010/Live-blog-Lawyer-says-Abdulmutallab-going-plead-guilty?odyssey=mod|breaking|text|FRONTPAGE">The Detroit Free Press</a> is live blogging the trial and reports that the judge is going over the penalties with Abdulmutallab now.</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Hulett is on her way to the court and will have an update for us later. Wed, 12 Oct 2011 16:02:00 +0000 Mark Brush & Sarah Hulett 4557 at http://michiganradio.org Abdulmutallab pleads guilty Prosecutors: Alleged terrorist "thought he would end up in heaven" http://michiganradio.org/post/prosecutors-alleged-terrorist-thought-he-would-end-heaven <p>Attorneys for the federal government today&nbsp;laid out the road map they&rsquo;ll use to prosecute the young Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airplane two years ago.</p><p>Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Tukel told jurors Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab&rsquo;s sole reason for being on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day 2009 was to blow it up. Tukel said Abdulmutallab &ldquo;thought he would end up in heaven because he would be a martyr.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 01:24:09 +0000 Sarah Hulett 4551 at http://michiganradio.org Prosecutors: Alleged terrorist "thought he would end up in heaven" Federal terrorism trial set to start in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-terrorism-trial-set-start-detroit <p>A high-profile federal terrorism trial starts in Detroit tomorrow. A jury will decide whether a 24-year-old Nigerian man tried to detonate a bomb on a Detroit-bound flight two years ago.</p><p>Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab will not deliver the opening statement. He&rsquo;s decided to leave that to the stand-by counsel appointed to him by the court.</p><p>That same attorney has handled most of the court proceedings so far. Anthony Chambers questioned all but one juror for the defense during jury selection.</p> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 09:00:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 4499 at http://michiganradio.org Lawyer may testify for defense in terror case http://michiganradio.org/post/lawyer-may-testify-defense-terror-case <p>DETROIT (AP) - A Michigan attorney who claims the government had a role in the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound plane could be called as a witness for the defense.</p><p>Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab may call Kurt Haskell, who was a passenger on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas 2009. Haskell&#39;s name was disclosed in court Thursday by<br /> Anthony Chambers, an attorney who is assisting Abdulmutallab.</p><p>Haskell believes the bomb in Abdulmutallab&#39;s underwear was fake. He claims the young Nigerian was escorted onto the plane without a passport and has a strong entrapment defense. Haskell is an attorney in Taylor, a Detroit suburb.</p><p>Opening statements in the trial are scheduled for next Tuesday. Abdulmutallab is accused of trying to destroy the plane on behalf of al-Qaida. Thu, 06 Oct 2011 19:33:42 +0000 The Associated Press 4473 at http://michiganradio.org Jury finalized in case against alleged terrorist http://michiganradio.org/post/jury-finalized-case-against-alleged-terrorist <p><strong>Update 3:02 pm:</strong></p><p>The demographics are now in on the jury. With the last-minute change that took the Nigerian woman out of the mix, it looks like this:</p><p><strong>The 12-member jury:</strong></p><ul><li>Three&nbsp;white men</li><li>Six white women</li><li>Two black women</li><li>One Indian woman</li></ul><p><strong>The alternates:</strong></p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 19:09:34 +0000 Sarah Hulett 4464 at http://michiganradio.org Jury finalized in case against alleged terrorist Jury selection in "underwear bomber" case begins http://michiganradio.org/post/jury-selection-underwear-bomber-case-begins <p><strong>Update 5:15 pm:</strong></p><p>Judge Nancy Edmunds has recessed today&#39;s proceedings. The count so far: 20 jurors made it into the pool of potential jurors and will proceed to the final round of jury selection - 16 women, and four men. Seven were excused - three of them for bias. Two were excused for job-related reasons, one for mental health. The final juror who was excused has a wife with medical needs and expressed some frustration with his previous experiences with the courts.</p><p>The 13 jurors who were not questioned today will be questioned tomorrow, and 27 more jurors will also be called. Judge Edmunds is looking to have about three dozen prospective jurors in the pool for the second, final phase of jury selection - tentatively set for Thursday afternoon.</p><p><strong>1:12 pm:</strong></p><p>The first phase of jury selection is under way for the man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas 2009.</p><p>So far five of the 17 jurors questioned have been excused.</p><p>Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab shouted, &quot;Sheik Anwar is alive!&quot; upon entering the courtroom. He also said &quot;I will defend Muhammad,&quot; and likened the U.S. to a &quot;cancer.&quot;</p><p>Judge Nancy Edmunds urged Abdulmutallab to change out of his prison clothes to make a better impression on potential jurors. After a brief back-and-forth, the defendant was escorted downstairs and returned wearing a dark blazer over a tan robe with white gym socks and wing tips.</p><p>Three of the jurors who were excused said they would have trouble putting aside their belief that Abdulmutallab is guilty.</p><p>&quot;I shouldn&#39;t be this way, but this one just bothers me,&quot; said one. &quot;I just have this guilty verdict in me.&quot; Tue, 04 Oct 2011 21:21:43 +0000 Sarah Hulett 4432 at http://michiganradio.org Jury selection in "underwear bomber" case begins Could the death of an Al Qaida leader affect a trial starting soon in Detroit? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-death-al-qaida-leader-affect-trial-starting-soon-detroit <p>The death of a prominent Al Qaida leader is not expected to have a big effect on jury selection in the case of an alleged terrorist in Detroit next week.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:45:33 +0000 Steve Carmody 4382 at http://michiganradio.org Could the death of an Al Qaida leader affect a trial starting soon in Detroit? Judge: Abdulmutallab's hospital statements admissible http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-abdulmutallabs-hospital-statements-admissible <p>A federal judge in Detroit says she will allow prosecutors to use statements at trial made by the so-called &ldquo;underwear bomber.&rdquo;</p><p>At issue were statements Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab made at U of M Hospital after he was removed from Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day 2009.</p><p>Abdulmutallab&rsquo;s stand-by attorney argued the statements should be thrown out. He said they were made after Abdulmutallab was given a powerful narcotic. And he said Abdulmutallab was never read his Miranda rights.</p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 16:02:55 +0000 Sarah Hulett 4165 at http://michiganradio.org Judge: Abdulmutallab's hospital statements admissible Outbursts mark "underwear bomber" hearing http://michiganradio.org/post/outbursts-mark-underwear-bomber-hearing <p><strong><span lang="EN" style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;">Click <a href="http://www.mied.uscourts.gov/hpc/docs/17.Questionnaire.pdf">here </a>to see a copy of the juror questionnaire</span></strong></p><p><strong><span lang="EN" style="color: black; font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 10.5pt; mso-ansi-language: EN;">Update 3:37 pm:</span></strong></p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 19:40:48 +0000 Sarah Hulett 4151 at http://michiganradio.org Outbursts mark "underwear bomber" hearing "Underwear bomber" due back in court http://michiganradio.org/post/underwear-bomber-due-back-court <p>The man known as the &ldquo;underwear bomber&rdquo; will get a look at about 300 potential jurors in federal court in Detroit tomorrow.</p><p>The jurors will hear about the case against Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from Judge Nancy Edmunds, then fill out questionnaires. The idea is to speed the jury selection process set to start next month by finding out whether any jurors have obvious biases.</p><p>It&rsquo;s also the day when Judge Edmunds will hear arguments on some unresolved pre-trial issues. Those include Abdulmutallab&rsquo;s request to change the trial&rsquo;s venue.</p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 18:52:22 +0000 Sarah Hulett 4137 at http://michiganradio.org "Underwear bomber" due back in court Judge declares "underwear bomber" competent to represent himself http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-declares-underwear-bomber-competent-represent-himself <p>A U.S. District Court judge says the Nigerian-born man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner nearly two years ago <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110817/METRO/108170390/1409/Detroit-attorney-seeks-competency-hearing-for-%E2%80%98underwear-bomber%E2%80%99">can represent himself at trial</a>.</p><p>So-called &ldquo;underwear bomber&rdquo; Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has been acting as his own lawyer in pre-trial hearings. But he also has court-appointed standby counsel.</p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 22:34:42 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 3803 at http://michiganradio.org Judge declares "underwear bomber" competent to represent himself 'Christmas Day Bomber' due in court http://michiganradio.org/post/christmas-day-bomber-due-court <p>Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man <a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/underwear-bomber-arraigned-new-charges">accused of trying to blow up an airplane near Detroit on Christmas Day 2009</a> is scheduled to be in federal court today. From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>&hellip;Abdulmutallab is due in court Thursday with prosecutors and his standby counsel, Anthony Chambers.</p><p>Abdulmutallab is representing himself, and it&#39;s possible that Judge Nancy Edmunds again will ask if he wants that to continue.</p><p>It&#39;s a critical issue because the deadline to challenge any evidence is two months away. Trial is set for October. Abdulmutallab is not a lawyer.</p><p>He&#39;s accused of trying to ignite an explosive in his underwear as Northwest Airlines Flight 253 approached Detroit on Christmas 2009. The plane left Amsterdam with 279 passengers and a crew of 11. Thu, 07 Apr 2011 11:05:35 +0000 Zoe Clark 1947 at http://michiganradio.org Suspected terrorists set for trial this fall in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/suspected-terrorists-set-trial-fall-detroit <p>They come from very different backgrounds and different parts of the world.&nbsp;&nbsp; Members of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hutaree">Hutaree militia</a> and the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_day_bomber">suspected Christmas day underwear bomber</a> are set to go on trial.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Associated Press reports each will be in federal court this fall in&nbsp;Detroit.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:54:41 +0000 Steve Carmody 1336 at http://michiganradio.org Suspected terrorists set for trial this fall in Detroit 'Underwear bomber' arraigned on new charges http://michiganradio.org/post/underwear-bomber-arraigned-new-charges <p>The young Nigerian man accused of trying to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner last Christmas was arraigned on <a href="http://pod.michiganradio.org/documents/abdulmutallab_indictment.pdf">new charges</a> in federal court today.</p><p>Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab entered the courtroom in prison khakis, canvas shoes and red handcuffs.He&nbsp;&nbsp;stood mute to the new charges, which include conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism. The <a href="http://www.mied.uscourts.gov/hpc/docs/1.Indictment.pdf">original indictment</a>, filed almost a year ago, never used the word “terrorism.”</p> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 19:13:42 +0000 Sarah Hulett 622 at http://michiganradio.org 'Underwear bomber' arraigned on new charges