‘Christmas Day Bomber’ Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab Pleads Guilty

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man charged with attempting to blow up a Detroit-bound plane for al Qaeda, has pleaded guilty in a federal court. Abdulmutallab is accused of attempting to destroy the plane with a bomb in his underwear on Christmas 2009. The change to a guilty plea, which came on the second day of his trial, is now being reviewed by U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds. “This isn’t a terrible surprise because he had no legitimate legal defense,” CBS Radio News chief legal analyst Andrew Cohen said. “All those witnesses on the plane saw what he did, and there was a confession as well. And the judge clearly wasn’t going to let him put on a political defense.” Abdulmutallab is charged with eight crimes and could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab appears in U.S. District Court