The U.S. Justice Department charged [Umar Farouk] Abdulmutallab on Saturday, and many legal experts expect the case to be tried before a jury in Detroit.
But some prominent political leaders have begun to question whether Abdulmutallab should be turned over to the military as an enemy combatant.
Murdoc says because of the place, the target, and who captured him, he’s a criminal. He’s obviously a soldier in the war, but I think he should be tried as a civilian.
If he’s secretly flown to an undisclosed location for questioning by a non-government agency, though, it’s probably okay.
UPDATE: One thing I meant to comment on the other day but forgot about is that I read the maximum penalty for attempting to blow up a plane seems to be $250,000 and up to 20 years. IANAL, but can’t they get him for nearly 300 counts of attempted murder? Or something?