Feb 03, 2010

Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalah and "Miranda RIghts"

Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalah is the Nigerian airline passenger who is charged with trying to blow up his Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day, 2010.  It was recently reported that the government officials who arrested Abdulmuttalah elicited lots of information from him before advising him of his "Miranda rights," including the right to remain silent and the right to talk to an attorney. 

The federal government presently plans to try Abdulmuttalah as a criminal rather than as a terrorist.  If so, the statements made by Abdulmutallah before he was given Miranda warnings may not be admissible in evidence against him at trial.  However, the delay in giving warnings will have little or no impact on the government's case against Abdulmutallah.  Apart from anything he might have told the investigators, the government has plenty of other evidence that it can offer to prove his guilt. 

Thus, the delay in giving Miranda warnings may affect the admissibility of Abdulmutallah's statements, but the delay in no way jeopardizes the government's ability to convict him of an act of terrorism..