Jury Selection Finally Starts In MI “Underwear Bomber” Case


Jury selection got underway this morning in the highly-anticipated trial of a 24-year-old Nigerian student who is accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound jetliner on Christmas Day 2009 with a bomb hidden in his underwear, says the Detroit Free Press. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and his “standby” lawyer, Anthony Chambers, and prosecutors watched the prospective jurors, who assembled in a first floor meeting room, from a two-way closed circuit television monitor from Judge Nancy Edmunds' courtroom. Abdulmutallab shouted something unintelligible from his seat at the defense table.

In court documents filed last month, Abdulmutallab asked the court to release him from prison, arguing that “all Muslims should only be ruled by the law of the Quran.” Au­thor­ities have said Abdulmutallab is an al-Qaida op­erative who trained in Yemen for the sui­cide mis­sion, which was foiled when a pas­sen­ger subdued him He is fac­ing nu­mer­ous crim­inal charges, including con­spir­acy to commit terror­ism, and faces life in prison if convicted. 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.

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