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Lawyer: Life in Prison Unfair for Underwear Bomber

Monday, 13 Feb 2012 09:21 PM

DETROIT (AP) — A lawyer assisting the man known as the Detroit underwear bomber says a mandatory sentence of life in prison is unfair for a crime that didn't hurt any passengers aboard an international flight.

In a court filing Monday, Anthony Chambers asked a judge to declare the punishment cruel and unconstitutional. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (OO'-mahr fah-ROOK' ahb-DOOL'-moo-TAH'-lahb) is returning to court Thursday, four months after admitting he tried to blow up an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight on Christmas 2009.

Chambers says the only passenger who was injured was Abdulmutallab, whose groin was severely burned when he tried to detonate a bomb in his underwear. The Nigerian man has no other criminal history.

Abdulmutallab has said he was working for al-Qaida when he tried to blow up the plane.

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