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Man accused of Christmas bombing attempt on plane to represent himself

CNN reports yesterday, (9/13/2010), in an article entitled "Man accused of Christmas bombing attempt on plane to represent himself," that Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab told Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds that he no longer wants to be represented by federal defenders and would be represented pro se

AbdulMutallab is accused of trying to detonate a bomb hidden on his person aboard a plane departing from Amsterdam and arriving in Detroit, Michigan on December 25. AbdulMutallab faces six federal charges, including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and willful attempt to destroy an aircraft.

AbdulMutallab is not the first terror suspect requesting to represent himself. Zacarias Moussaoui similarly requested to represent himself pro se. That right was later taken from him by a judge who deemed him to be filing frivolous court orders.

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