Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the Nigerian man accused of trying to detonate an explosive device in his underwear aboard a Christmas 2009 flight to Detroit, pleaded guilty to all counts in court Wednesday.
He had been indicted on charges including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, and possession of a firearm or destructive device in furtherance of an act of violence.
AbdulMutallab had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The announcement comes one day after the prosecution finished its opening statement.
On Tuesday, the prosecution finished its opening statement and the defense said it would reserve the right to give an opening statement at a later point in the trial.
The judge in the trial refused to prevent the prosecution from calling the device he allegedly carried a "bomb."
U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds also refused to exclude a photo of AbdulMutallab's burned genitals from the evidence.
While at previous court appearances AbdulMutallab has had outbursts - including yelling "Osama's alive," a reference to Osama bin Laden - he remained calm Tuesday.
AbdulMutallab was indicted on charges including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism, and possession of a firearm or destructive device in furtherance of an act of violence.
He was a passenger on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 en route from the Netherlands to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.
U.S. officials say the terror group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was behind the alleged bombing attempt.
Why did they post a photo of Tiger Woods on this article?
John and James you you spoiled things by responding. Now DP knows that someone actually read the nonsense he wrote..
He plead guilty. Shocking. What was he supposed to say, they weren't his underwear?
Maybe "I was holding it for someone else".
And those "Roasted Chestnuts" weren't his either...
I usually try to impress the ladies by stuffing a gym sock in my shorts, but that morning I could only find a wad of C-4....
My C4 brings all the girls to the yaaaard....
You should have sent that line to Letterman and gotten some money for it – Damn funny ðŸ™‚
I am pleased as I would imagine the guy sat through the long accusation phase of the trial and did not think he'd live long enough to try to plead over that! Guilty as charged. It took all day to just say what the guy was being accused of.
Why is this man in the american court system? Why does he have access to a lawyer? He is not a citizen, he is a terrorist. He should have gotten a military tribunal as a war criminal, not receive the same rights as an american citizen. WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!!!!! Execute this guy by firing squad and dump his butt in the ocean. Stop wasting our money on this fool. Are we going to give all terrorists rights of american citizens? Come ON!!!! REALLY!?!?!?!?! This is offering aid and comfort to the enemy at it's finest.
OK, slowly step away from the computer and go back to playing with your little toy plastic soldiers...
He pleads not guilty
He says he wants to defend himself
How nice and neat for the US gov...:note sarcasm:
He was arrested in the United States, so the Sixth Amendment clearly applies to him.
"In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence."
Note the first four words, and particularly the second one.
"In ALL criminal prosecutions..."
It doesn't say "in all criminal prosecutions of citizens," or "in all criminal prosecutions except where the allegations concern an act of terrorism."
The language couldn't be much clearer: the Sixth Amendment applies to all criminal prosecutions. No exceptions.
If you have a problem with that, you should take it up with the guys who drafted the Bill of Rights.
The purpose of a trial is to find out whether a person is guilty or not. The best way to do that is to allow him access to a lawyer - otherwise you risk punishing an innocent human being. It would be immoral and probably risk punishment from the Creator to arbitrarily execute people just to save some money. In this case there was ampole evidence and witnesses so a tribunal may have sufficed, but what about other cases .. for example the recent Dominic Strauss-Kahn case .. why was he as a non citizen given a fair trial and allowed to prove his innocence? After all, his accuser was a citizen. If foreigners didn't have the right to defend themselves from various charges .. he would have been punished although he was falsely accused.
Why is he in the American court system? Because this is America and he is a criminal. I'll never understand why those on the right always want to elevate these guys to the level of a "soldier" and treat them as some sort of POW. IMO, it disrespects the fine men and women of our military to say these terrorists are on an equal footing. These a**holes are nothing but petty thugs and should be treated as such. Try them in criminal court, then lock them up and throw away the key.
I was going to agree with much Juggalo 6, but John D nailed it with the 6th Amendment. He has to have a trial. He has to have access to counsel, discovery, et al. I do still think he should be tried in military court, however, as we are "at war" with terrorism. This does not disrespect me, as a vet, or any active servicemember, because it does not put us in equal footing. They are the enemy, and should be treated as any spy or assassin captured alive in time of war.
*I was going to agree with much of what Juggalo 6 stated...
Does'nt seem to be much compassion here, not one blog to save his soul
Nor the souls of his would be victims. He deserves no mercy. God will take care of him.
Really? Compassion..... Really? Please tell me you are kidding.
Well, Jesus DID say to love your enemies and pray for those who do you harm...
It's funny how the most professedly religious people in this country tend to completely ignore that.
Forgiveness is the most challenging religious obligation of a Christian.
Thankfully, I'm no Christian and not bound by its precepts. We need to seek what amount of justice CAN be metered out within the framework of a functional legal system, as fair to as many as possible. Anyone know where we can find one of those? We seemed to have misplaced ours.
He has a name that reminds me of the sounds one would make when he/she throws up.
The obvious solution to this problem is massive tax cuts for the super rich.
He wants to be a martyr and this is the best way to do it. No surprise here.
Thank God we have this system....Thank God we aren't in Libya..no justice..hang them..thats why we are civilized..
me thinks there might be a real big guy named Bubba waiting for him in prison and he BETTER be nice to ol' Bubba if you know what I mean.
wow, now there is a man – actually pleading guilty for the crime he committed. Too bad he was a sicko trying to kill so many, as the quality of pleading guilty when guilty is a lost art thanks to lawyers.
He's a kid..just trying to follow those old idiots orders.Ha ..let them go to heaven and get their Virgins..why the young guys and women...
He was finally told Johnny Cochrane was unable to be his attorney. If the briefs don't fit..........
Hes a puppet, for our side, he was just to stupid to know it