Detroit Bomber Appeals Sentence

February 17, 2012

The man who tried to blow up an airliner bound for Detroit on Christmas Day 2009 is appealing his life sentence. The appeal comes one day after a judge declared the sentence “just punishment” for an attempted act of terror. Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab pleaded guilty to attempting to explode a device hidden in his underwear on board a plane with nearly 300 passengers. He was sentenced to life in prison with the judge commenting that she believed he posed a significant, ongoing threat to the public. Abdulmutallab called it a day of victory. Now he is appealing. Before the hearing his court-appointed legal advisor maintained the punishment was cruel and unconstitutional – noting that no actual damage or injury to anyone other than Abdulmutallab occurred during the attack. The government counters that Abdulmutallab created a climate of extreme fear – the goal of any terrorist operation.