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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

NYC car bomber sentenced to life in prison
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On October 5, 2010, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York sentenced Pakistani-born US citizen Faisal Shahzad to life in prison for attempting to detonate a car bomb in New York City's Time Square in May 2010. His sentencing came after Shahzad pleaded guilty to 10 counts of terrorism and weapons charges in June 2010. Prior to the attack, Shahzad was trained by a branch of the Pakistani Taliban known as Tehrik-e-Taliban, and referred to his attempted attack as an act of war against the US. Shahzad's arrest and subsequent trial helped shape debate in the US over the reading of Miranda warnings to terrorism suspects, as he waived his rights and spoke with police for nearly two weeks before meeting with counsel.

Faisal Shahzad

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