Ahmad Rahimi, the terrorist responsible for the New York City bombing in September of 2016, wants a reduced prison sentence for the pain and suffering he has faced.
The bomber’s attorney asked prosecutors to consider his “mental and physical health” as part of a plea agreement, arguing that his pain should be considered equally to the victims he injured and tried to kill.
What about the mental and physical health of those bombed or emotionally unhinged by the bomb?
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Federal court documents show that the lawyers defending the terrorist argue that because police shot him 11 times, he has experienced “brain injuries, limited longevity, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder.”
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As reported by the Daily Beast:
These first revelations about Rahimi’s plea negotiations come after prosecutors asked Judge Richard Berman to rule on Rahimi’s competency as the case proceeds towards trial. The judge denied the motion from prosecutors on Monday, after Rahimi’s lawyers derided that move as an inappropriate judicial involvement in plea negotiations.
Defense attorneys said in their filings they never suggested that they were headed toward a competency examination for Rahimi, and merely asked the government to consider those factors in private plea discussions. The prosecution’s motion “runs afoul of [a] prohibition on judicial involvement in plea discussions,” the defenders wrote.
The government filed the sealed motion on April 24 asking for Berman to intervene, days after defense attorneys clarified that they were not challenging Rahimi’s competency. Defense attorneys submitted emails showing the context of the exchange was about plea negotiations, and that they “don’t expect” to challenge his competency for trial at this time.
His lawyers attempted to have the case moved out of New York, citing that individuals in the city wouldn’t be able to give him a fair trial.
Judge Berman denied the motion on Monday, adding that New York’s Southern District would have no problem finding 18 individuals willing to sit on the jury to decide his fate.
The bomber has been charged with planting explosive devices at three locations: a military appreciation 5k race at the Jersey Shore, in the neighborhood of Chelsea in Manhattan, and at a train station in New Jersey in September of 2016. While some of the devices did not explode, many were injured and luckily no one was killed.
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Rahimi’s trial is scheduled for October, where he has pleaded not guilty to charges of using a weapon of mass destruction and explosives, as well destruction of property crimes.
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