Thursday, February 25, 2010

Media Outlets Seek Access to 'Terrorist' Plea Agreement

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29:  In this courtroom sk...Image by Getty Images via Daylife
Prosecutors and counsel for Najibullah Zazi have until Friday to respond to a request by media outlets to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York Chief Judge Raymond J. Dearie  for access to a sealed plea agreement.

According to The Los Angeles Times,  Bloomberg News is expected to join the action by Newsday and the Associated Press concerning the sealed agreement involving Zazi, a 25-year-old Afghani native and former airport shuttle driver in Colorado, who faces a sentence of life imprisonment without parole after pleading guilty to planning to construct and detonate homemade explosives created from beauty supplies in  New York City subways around the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The news media wants the plea agreement unsealed in part because of thus far unsubstantiated allegations that Zazi's confession may have been coerced through threatened prosecutions of his relatives.
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