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Judge Refuses To Delay Underwear Bomber Trial

A federal judge is refusing to delay the trial of a man accused of trying to blow up an airliner bound for Detroit on Christmas Day 2009. But defense attorneys still want more time. The government alleges Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to detonate a chemical explosive hidden in his underwear onboard a flight to Detroit. Abdulmutallab wants to represent himself during trial – with the help of a court-appointed advisor – attorney Anthony Chambers. But Chambers claims the government is restricting his imprisoned client from reviewing documents and only recently revealed a mass of new evidence. Chambers said, “There was even a statement of our client’s which had not been turned over to us previously and that the government had in their possession for quite some time.” The judge, however, ruled that the significant public interest in the incident – which happened two years ago – argues against any further delays. The arrest has already led to extra security measures being taken at the nation’s airports.