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May 5, 2010

Question For The WH: 'Why Was the Shahzad Complaint Made Public?'

Topics: Political News and commentaries

Andy McCarthy addresses an issue that brings up an important and potentially troubling (for the Obama administration) question: Did the administration prioritize scoring political points over effective investigation and intelligence gathering?

[...] If the defendant waives his right to be presented in court, there is no need to file a complaint. The complaint only comes into play at the presentment, when the court determines whether there is probable cause to support the arrest. If there is no presentment, there is no need to file a complaint.

This complaint lays out valuable information: It tells the world Shahzad has confessed (which means he has spoken cooperatively and probably truthfully to the government, and that for all anyone knows he is still doing so), it describes his contacts in Pakistan, and it lays out other details that would be of great interest to anyone else who is involved in the plot and would naturally want to know what an arrested plotter is telling the authorities.

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Posted by Richard at May 5, 2010 7:23 PM

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