Underwear Bomber Fights Life Sentence

English: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab

Abdulmutallab

Confessed underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is challenging his mandatory life in prison sentence, arguing in court documents filed Monday that a life sentence is “cruel and unusual punishment” and unconstitutional.
Abdulmutallab, who is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday, is facing the life sentence after pleading guilty in October to trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner carrying nearly 300 people with a bomb hidden in his underwear in 2009.
The plot was foiled when his bomb malfunctioned.
“Given the circumstances and what did NOT occur in the instant matter it is fair to say that the mandatory minimum sentence of life is excessive and grossly disproportionate to the conduct,” Abdulmutallab wrote in court documents Monday. “Aside from the defendant, no passengers suffered any serious injuries and there were no casualties.”
The government disagrees and has asked U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds to give him mandatory life in prison.

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