Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Apparently, Putting Explosives In Your Underwear Causes Brain Damage

Underwear bomber shouts 'Osama's alive' as he enters court during jury selection

“Osama’s alive,” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab shouted as he entered a courtroom in Detroit this morning. “I’m forced to wear prison clothes.”

Abdulmutallab, wearing khaki prison pants, a white T-shirt and black skull cap, refused to stand when U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds, who was in another room with prospective jurors, asked him to stand with others in her courtroom several floors away.

While Edmunds briefed jurors about the allegations against him, Abdulmutallab hollered “jihad” and stared at the ceiling when she told jurors about the alleged plot to blow up the plane with a bomb in his underwear.

Ok, the brain damage may very well have been pre-existing....

He's also going with some lovable and oh so wacky legal theories:
Edmunds conducted a hearing to decide several requests from Abdulmutallab, including one to be released claiming he’s being unlawfully detained by the U.S. government. Specifically, he has argued in court documents "all Muslims should only be ruled by the law of the Quran."

She denied the request.
Who coulda seen that ruling coming?

As an exercise in lawfare, it is certainly succeeding in tying up US government resources and promises to continue to do so:
In September, Abdulmutallab fired his govern­ment-ap­pointed lawyers and suggested that he wanted to plead guilty to some charges. He has said noth­ing about a plea since.

Chambers has said that a plea is unlikely.

"We will challenge everything," Chambers said earlier this year, noting his client "has a full understanding of his situation."

Yep, he's going to waste court resources, turn the trial into a circus and demonstrate how the civillian justice system has a difficult time dealing with international terrorist Islamists.

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