Eviction Notice Posted At Zazi Family Apartment

The Denver Post reports the apartment complex where Najiboullah Zazi and his family live have started eviction proceedings against the family.

An apartment worker driving a golf cart, who identified himself only as Jim, said he posted the notice Tuesday afternoon due, in part, to concerns that people whose names were not on the lease have been living in the Zazi apartment.

Mohammed Zazi, was ordered released on Monday subject to electronic home monitoring. The U.S. Marshal's Service today said Mohammed Zazi is unlikely to be released before tomorrow's hearing. It's unknown if the eviction order will affect the release order. Arthur Folsom, Najibullah's attorney and PR spokesperson were unaware of the eviction notice when contacted.

Rutabaga Ridgepole at TPM Muckraker today writes "Did Zazi's Lawyer Sell Him Out To The FBI?", in part quoting my earlier post, Najibullah Zazi's Legal Representation (many thanks to Rutabaga for the compliments.) Other lawyers (including three of our best) have been weighing in with similar thoughts. [More...]

Folsom says he's adding experienced lawyers to the team. It may not be necessary much longer. Here's another report that the feds are going to charge Zazi in New York and move the case there. (More on that here.)

The Court held a telephone status conference at 11:00 a.m. today in the elder Zazi's case. The issues were the interpreter and home monitoring. From the court minutes:

The court addresses the parties regarding an interpreter and notes a certified interpreter will be present at the hearing set for September 24,2009. Defense counsel addresses the court regarding the electronic home monitoring.

Will the hearing tomorrow proceed as scheduled with evidence? I have no inside information, but my instincts say no. Stay tuned.

[All of our Zazi case coverage is accessible here.]

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    Who's framing this guy? (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by NealB on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 11:07:39 PM EST
    Nothing I've read about him is newsworthy.

    We've found our new scapegoat. Lucky us.

    An interesting question (none / 0) (#1)
    by Jacob Freeze on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 10:48:13 PM EST
    It would be interesting to know exactly who recommended Arthur Folsom to Najibullah Zazi, and this is a question that someone in Colorado could probably ask any members of Mr. Zazi's family who aren't in jail yet.

    Arthur Folsom is an awfully convenient apparition for the FBI, with a "case" that was going nowhere. Folsom appears and 24 hours later Zazi starts talking, and talks and talks and talks.

    Even if Folsom was so clueless that he didn't foresee how deep Zazi might bury himself, after 10 or 12 hours of questioning, it must have been screamingly obvious.

    But on they went, Mr. Zazi and his very convenient attorney, day after day.

    Did somebody on the prosecutorial side of this business suggest Arthur Folsom to one of Mr. Zazi's friends? Or was it just blind luck that the FBI drew the equivalent a winning Lotto ticket when their new best friend Arthur Folsom appeared on the scene?

    An acquaintance of Zazi's (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 11:07:58 PM EST
    referred him. Apparently, it was a walk-in. No way would the FBI or a federal prosecutor have suggested him, although I suspect they can't believe their good fortune that he did. Folsom may be very good at what he does, he just doesn't have experience on complex federal cases and that is what is required here.

    I really don't want to bash him. The reason I write about it is to let people know how important it is to invoke their right to remain silent and dissuade people from thinking law enforcement will see things their way if they just explain. It rarely happens. "The truth" to the Government usually means the government's version of the truth.


    If it looks too good to be true (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Cream City on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 11:55:43 PM EST
    -- it probably is.  The FBI never has heard that old adage?

    If I had a tin foil hat, I would don it to say that it would seem entirely possible that the suggestion to Zazi was a setup to make him a fall guy.  Hiring a lawyer inexperienced in dealing with the FBI would be a great way to get the FBI focused on Zazi -- and to distract it from someone who actually may be up to something nefarious.

    FBI agents never played Scruples with my family.  Even the story behind this story doesn't ring true; it's just too simple.  I would bet on a story behind the story behind the story. . .  


    I would usually agree with with you. (none / 0) (#4)
    by Jacob Freeze on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 11:22:30 PM EST
    No way would the FBI or a federal prosecutor have suggested him, although I suspect they can't believe their good fortune that he did.

    I can't quite believe it either, and the proximity of this case to renewal of the Patriot act should remind even the least suspicious person that there are an awful lot of people in the federal government who don't believe in playing by any rules, when they play with suspected terrorists.

    Ten years ago, who would have believed that the United States would waterboard a suspected terrorist 183 times, like Khalid Shaikh Mohammed?

    Compared to torture, setting up a suspect with a cooperative attorney is very small potatoes.


    Your guess is probably better than mine... (none / 0) (#5)
    by Jacob Freeze on Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 11:33:02 PM EST
    Your guess is probably better than mine, but this isn't necessarily a situation where we have to guess.

    So I still want to know exactly who suggested Arthur Folsom, and how it occurred to whoever it was to suggest him.

    If nobody in Colorado wants to take it upon himself or herself to investigate this question now, and Mr. Folsom remains the principal attorney for Najibullah Zazi, he won't investigate himself.

    But if Mr. Zazi is ever represented by a competent lawyer, I can't believe that he or she wouldn't immediately look into every detail of Mr. Folsom's awfully convenient appearance on the scene.

    If the evidence that Mr. Zazi gave the FBI in those multi-hour interviews is tainted, then the current charges against him obviously collapse.


    "Names not on the lease"... (none / 0) (#7)
    by kdog on Thu Sep 24, 2009 at 08:13:45 AM EST
    yeah, my arse...guilty until proven innocent attitude I'd bet.

    Breaking news: As Jeralyn predicted (none / 0) (#8)
    by Peter G on Thu Sep 24, 2009 at 11:18:51 AM EST
    Zazi charged Thursday morning in the Eastern District of New York (federal court in Brooklyn) with bomb-making.