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Last phase of jury selection planned in underwear bomb case; 47 prospective jurors left
DETROIT (AP) ' Potential jurors will return to a Detroit courtroom for final jury selection in the trial of a Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a plane with a bomb in his underwear.
Thirty-two women and 15 men make up the final pool of prospective jurors. Trial is set to begin next week for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Prosecutors say he tried to bring down an Amsterdam-to-Detroit plane on Christmas Day 2009.
Abdulmutallab is acting as his own lawyer, with assistance from a court-appointed standby attorney.
The attorney asked in a court filing late Wednesday that the defense be granted more than its 10 allotted challenges when jury selection resumes Thursday. The challenges allow the removal of a prospective juror without any publicly stated reason.