U.S. Seeks Life Sentence for Times Square Bomber

The Government is seeking a life sentence against failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad.

“The premeditated attempt to kill and maim scores of unsuspecting innocent men, women and children with a homemade bomb can only be described as utterly reprehensible,” the prosecutors said.

The Government also says Shahzad was financed by the Pakistani Taliban and planned another bomb two weeks later.

So no credit for his waiving his Miranda rights and talking to the feds.

[T]he government also revealed that during Mr. Shahzad’s cooperation with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and police detectives after his arrest, he “never expressed any remorse for his conduct.” They said he spoke with pride about what he and his co-conspirators had done, much as he did in court when he pleaded guilty.

Shahzad will be sentenced October 5.

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    I have the impression (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Peter G on Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 10:34:34 PM EST
    that he did not waive his right to remain silent in order to gain a bargaining chip, but as a further step in his plan to be a martyr for a cause.

    containment (none / 0) (#2)
    by diogenes on Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 11:16:17 PM EST
    "So no credit for his waiving his Miranda rights and talking to the feds."
    His waiving his Miranda rights somehow makes him less likely to commit another bombing if released into society?

    Incapacitation (prevention) is a valid (none / 0) (#3)
    by Peter G on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 12:49:46 AM EST
    consideration in sentencing, but not the only one.  By law federal judges are required to consider and balance almost a dozen different factors.  A defendant's willingness in a given case (perhaps not this one) to reveal the details of the crime to authorities could be a circumstance bearing on several of those other legitimate factors.

    For someon who was ... (none / 0) (#5)
    by nyrias on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 03:11:07 PM EST
    going to blow up innocent people, and that he is very likely to try it again, if freed, incapacitation should trump other factors by a mile.

    I think that (none / 0) (#4)
    by lentinel on Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 06:45:03 AM EST
    Jeralyn thinks that anyone who talks to the cops, feds or local, without advice of counsel is a chump.