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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Terror suspect calls AP

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Gag order? What's a gag order mean to a criminal suspect potentially facing a capital murder conviction?

Not much in the case of the accused killer of the Kansas doctor.

And now not much in the case of the man charged with killing one soldier and wounding another outside the Little Rock Army-Navy recruiting center.

Fox 16 has a report. Abdul Hakim Muhanmmad apparently placed a collect call today to the Associated Press and made a number of statements adverse to his interest. They seemed to be of a piece with the statement he reportedly gave police immediately after his arrest -- the shootings were a symbolic and justified act in response to American intervention in the Middle East. And, no, Yemen didn't make him do it.

Moral: We are lucky -- given the volatile combination of mental imbalance and readily available firearms -- that we don't have more episodes of random violence in unexpected places.

Might be time for a mental evaluation of this suspect. But he sounds -- chillingly -- like he knew exactly what he was doing, if shaky on his legal theory of justification.

Jegley says Muhammad violated gag order. Yeah, so what you going to do? Throw him in jail?


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