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Newark, NJ - Civil Liberties Organization Representing Bombing Suspect

Published on: September 26, 2016 08:28 PM
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Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, is shown in Union County, New Jersey, U.S. Prosecutor's Office photo released on September 19, 2016. REUTERSAhmad Khan Rahami, 28, is shown in Union County, New Jersey, U.S. Prosecutor's Office photo released on September 19, 2016. REUTERS

Newark, NJ - The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday began representing a man accused of setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey and injuring more than 30 people.

A lawyer for the organization’s New Jersey chapter entered a notice of appearance in Ahmad Khan Rahami’s case in federal court in Newark.

Rahami has been hospitalized since he was caught following a shootout with police in Linden last week. He has not made an initial court appearance.

Prosecutors said in a filing last week that he had been incapacitated and intubated since undergoing surgery for his wounds. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office did not have an updated condition available on Monday.


Federal judges last week denied requests by public defenders to be appointed to represent Rahami, agreeing with prosecutors’ arguments that he had not officially been arrested by federal authorities.

Rahami, an Afghan-born U.S. citizen, has been accused of detonating a pipe bomb in a New Jersey shore town and a pressure cooker bomb in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood on Sept. 17. Thirty-one people were injured in the New York blast. A second pressure cooker bomb didn’t explode.

ACLU attorney Alexander Shalom said in a filing that Rahami’s father and wife requested the ACLU represent him until he is appointed a federal public defender or other lawyer.

Rahami was charged by federal prosecutors in both states and faces state charges in New Jersey in connection with the shootout. Two officers involved in the shootout were treated for minor injuries.

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 Sep 26, 2016 at 11:27 PM DMD45 Says:

Typical--a jew lawyer representing a moslem terrorist--for free yet !!!! No wonder the goyim laugh at our stupidity !!! דמד


 Sep 27, 2016 at 05:53 AM Anonymous Says:

They laugh more when they read how many of us are going to jail for trying to cheat them one way or another.


 Sep 27, 2016 at 08:09 AM Heeb Says:

Reb alex, where are u going to daven on rosh Hashanah???


 Sep 27, 2016 at 10:36 AM Anonymous Says:

Considering his Muslim ethnicity, will Obama get involved to insure he is exonerated? Even if convicted, will it be in time for a presidential pardon? Our prez has never met a terrorist he did not somehow try to support.


 Sep 27, 2016 at 02:25 PM DMD45 Says:

Reb Alex--not in my shul--take your tikkun Olam someplace else please--how about your friendly neighborhood mosque--you will fit right in !!! Shanah tovah to all from דמד


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