Airline attack suspect relying on lawyer in court
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit attorney defending a man accused of an attempted terrorist attack on a plane faces a tough task will pecking away at evidence in a case where Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (OO'-mahr fah-ROOK' ahb-DOOL'-moo-TAH'-lahb) was captured in a snap.
Opening statements are set for Tuesday in Detroit federal court. Abdulmutallab is charged with trying to take down Northwest Airlines Flight 253 with a bomb in his underwear on Christmas 2009. He's acting as his own lawyer but is relying on attorney Anthony Chambers to handle the courtroom work.
Chambers will grill witnesses and give an opening statement after Abdulmutallab dropped plans to give his own statement. Chambers is promising to "challenge everything" at trial.