Confessed 'underwear bomber' asks for new legal adviser

By REUTERS
December 21, 2011 03:02

 
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Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian who confessed to trying to blow up a Detroit-bound flight on Christmas Day 2009, has asked the judge who will sentence him next month to give him a new legal adviser.

In a three-page, hand-written note to U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds, Abdulmutallab, who represented himself but was given a court-appointed legal adviser named Anthony Chambers, said his relationship with Chambers "is strained to say the least."

Abdulmutallab, who will turn 25 this month, told the judge he would like her to appoint a Muslim male as his standby counsel and even provided the name of a Michigan lawyer he said he would work with.

Edmunds, who has scheduled sentencing in the case for Jan. 19, said she would consider the request at a hearing on Jan. 6.

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