Detroit judge sets plea deadline in airline attack

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Posted: Apr 07, 2011 3:49 PM
Detroit judge sets plea deadline in airline attack

A judge has set an Aug. 19 deadline for any plea deal involving the Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound jumbo jet.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab appeared in federal court Thursday and again said he'll continue to represent himself, with the help of standby counsel Anthony Chambers.

Abdulmutallab is charged with trying to ignite an explosive in his underwear as Northwest Airlines Flight 253 approached Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Christmas 2009. The plane left Amsterdam with 279 passengers and a crew of 11.

Judge Nancy Edmunds set a plea-deal deadline at the request of prosecutors. Trial is set for October.

Abdulmutallab complains that he's being denied certain reading material at Milan federal prison. The judge says she'll look into it.