Underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab demands a new lawyer Detroit Free Press December 21
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian student who pleaded guilty against the advice of his standby lawyer to attempting to blow up a Detroit-bound jetliner on Christmas 2009, wants a new attorney.
He told U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds in a letter that arrived Monday that prominent Detroit criminal lawyer Anthony Chambers has lied to him, doesn't visit him and has failed to provide documents he requested for his upcoming sentencing. He asked Edmunds to appoint a Muslim lawyer.
She set a hearing on the request for Jan. 6. He is to be sentenced Jan. 19.
Chambers said Abdulmutallab is misguided.
"We have gone above and beyond for him ... He's having regrets over what I would consider a bad decision" to plead guilty, Chambers said.
In a letter dated Dec. 12, Abdulmutallab wrote, "I do not want Mr. Chambers and his associates to continue serving as my standby counsel. Our relationship is strained to say the least. They treat me with contempt, especially away from the eyes of the court."
He deserves contempt. What does he expect? A medal?