Martha Coakley as a career prosecutor certainly knows her way around plea deals. Most notorious is her 2007 plea deal with serial criminal and state senator Dianne Wilkerson. Which makes the following statement she gave to the Lowell Sun yesterday all the more interesting.
Coakley said she would support whatever decision the Department of Justice makes on how to prosecute the Christmas bomber suspect, and said she continues to support Obama’s timeline for closing Guantanamo.
Prior to Martha Coakley releasing that statement the The Washington Post reported that over the weekend John O’Brennan, described as Obama’s “top counterterrorism official”, said that a plea deal would be offered to the Christmas Bomber.
President Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser on Sunday defended the administration’s decision to try in federal court the man charged with attempting to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day and indicated that he would be offered a plea agreement to persuade him to reveal what he knows about al-Qaeda operations in Yemen.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian charged with the failed attempt on the Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight, was initially “talking to people who detained him” but now has a public defender and “doesn’t have to,” John O. Brennan said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“We have different ways of obtaining information from individuals” in the criminal-justice process, Brennan said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “A lot of people . . . understand what they’re facing, and their lawyers recognize that there is advantage to talking to us in terms of plea agreements, [and] we’re going to pursue that.” Brennan told CNN’s “State of the Union” that other terrorism suspects have “given us very valuable information as they’ve gone through the plea-agreement process.”
It seems that not only is the Barack Obama’s administration not treating terrorists as terrorists they are giving them plea deals like ordinary run of the mill criminals. The question then is Attorney General Coakley since you are on record blindly supporting whatever the justice department does, do you support plea deals for terrorists?