Faisal Shahzad, the suspect in the Times Square bomb attempt, pleaded guilty June 21 to using weapons of mass destruction - a plea that could mean he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
"Well, it's obvious by not having a lawyer, he could not precondition his cooperation," says Stan Twardy, a former US attorney for Connecticut and now a partner at Day Pitney LLP.
Although federal guidelines indicate a life sentence for Shahzad, that might depend on what prosecutors told him to get him to cooperate, Mr. Twardy says. "The devil is in the details," says the former prosecutor. "But no matter what, he will get a significant sentence. You don't want to send the message that if you tried to kill hundreds, if not more, but got caught and cooperated, you don't get so much jail time."
Sentencing is set for Oct. 5, but that can always be delayed if Shahzad continues to cooperate, says Twardy.
On September 25, DC-based counsel Steven Cash will be a featured speaker at the National Forum on the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), an event presented by the American Conference Institute and held in Washington, DC.
Steven Cash moderated a panel discussion hosted by Culper Connect, an alumni association of former United States Government public servants from the U.S. Intelligence Community.
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Steven Cash authored an article, "Why Immediate Public Release of Mueller Report Would Be Bad for National Security, Politics," published by The Hill.
Steven Cash was quoted in an article, "Trump Remarks Deepen Distrust with Intelligence Community," published by The Hill.
Jed Davis was quoted in an article, "Rise Of Nation-State Hacks Doesn't Give Cos. A Free Pass," published by Law360.
DC counsel Steven Cash was quoted in an article, "Five Takeaways from Barr's New Powers in 'Spying' Probe," published by The Hill.
Former federal prosecutor Stan Twardy was featured on the RNN-TV program "Richard French Live," a nightly news talk show.
Stan Twardy was quoted in an article, "5 Things to Know About John Durham—Barr's Pick to Probe Root of Russia Investigation," published by the Connecticut Law Tribune.