Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Abdulmutallab Indictment

The indictment is out for the man who attempted to blow up Northwest flight 253 during its descent into the Detroit airport. There are six counts: 1) Attempted use of WMD; 2) Attempted murder; 3) Attempt to destroy an aircraft; 4) Placing a destructive device on an aircraft; 5) & 6) Both are counts of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The WMD count may seem a little odd as the attack was not an attempted use of a nuke or a chem/bio weapon, but the attempted use in this case falls under the statute. You can imagine if he had succeeded that the resulting damage would have been massive. Also, a bomb is considered a firearm for the purposes of counts five and six. A life sentence in this case is basically a lock. The DoJ press release is here.

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