Here is a Houston Chronicle story on the arrest and alleged plot of PFC Nasser Abdo, an Army soldier allegedly UA from Ft. Campbell. I was pondering this fact this weekend, so I’ll share it. If you were his defense counsel, or the TC in the other case(s) against PFC Abdo, how do you play the child pornography charges in the case against him on the alleged bombing plot? What spurred the thought was a sentence similar to this that raised so many contradictions:
On the run after deserting his post at Fort Campbell, Ky., and facing court-martial for possession of child pornography, the Muslim conscientious objector admitted planning to attack Fort Hood and a restaurant frequented by soldiers and their families, according to a federal affidavit released last week.
See aditional coverage here of his contientious objector statements calling the Ft. hood shootings, “counter to what I believe in as a Muslim.” Current reports have him being charged in federal court, bu tthat could change based on the pre-existing charges at Ft. Campbell. AP (via Military.com) reported the first hearing in the federal case was a hoot:
An AWOL soldier accused of plotting to launch an attack on Fort Hood was defiant during his first court appearance on Friday, yelling out the name of the Army psychiatrist blamed in the 2009 deadly shooting rampage at the same Texas base.
Federal prosecutors charged 21-year-old Pfc. Naser Abdo with possessing an illegal firearm, two days after he was arrested at a motel about 3 miles from the front gate of Fort Hood. He told authorities he planned to construct two bombs in the motel room using gunpowder and shrapnel packed into pressure cookers and then detonate the explosives at a restaurant frequented by soldiers, court documents released Friday said.
Will let you know if I see any transfer to military custody reports.