Throwing yet another wrench into the long-delayed legal proceedings regarding the September 11 attacks, the lawyers for the terror defendants have filed an emergency motion accusing the FBI of snooping on their work, according to the Miami Herald. The motion claims the FBI interrogated and turned a member of 9/11 defendant Ramzi bin al-Shibh's own defense team into a "confidential informant," and asks the judge to launch an investigation into whether that compromised the government's case.
"The implications of this intrusion into the defense camp are staggering," the motion reads, according to the Herald. "The most immediate implication, however, is that all defense teams have a potential conflict of interest between their loyalty to their clients and their interest in demonstrating their innocence to FBI investigators."
The motion came one day before a scheduled hearing to determine whether al-Shibh was fit to stand trial. The lead prosecutor in the case, Brig. Gen. Mark Martins, said he had no prior knowledge of the FBI's alleged snooping, but called it a "significant" concern.
The Justice Department charged al-Shibh and four others, including alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in 2008 and planned to try them via military commission. After President Obama's election, Attorney General Eric Holder initially moved to have the defendants tried in civilian court, though he later announced they would face a military trial after all. Jon Terbush
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) maintained Friday that he'll support the Republican presidential nominee, even if that somebody happens to be Donald Trump, The Palm Beach Post reports.
In fact, Rubio might be more impressed with the billionaire business mogul than usual, saying his "performance has improved significantly" recently.
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was none too thrilled Saturday with the protesters who blocked his way into California's Republican convention the day before:
The "protesters" in California were thugs and criminals. Many are professionals. They should be dealt with strongly by law enforcement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2016
Leave it to Trump to make an off-color joke about the incident once he made it inside the hotel Friday.
Jimmy Fallon has been singing bits and pieces of Styx's "Too Much Time on My Hands" on The Tonight Show for days. On Friday, he and actor Paul Rudd took the obsession to its natural conclusion, creating a shot-by-shot remake of the '80s music video. The end result is sufficiently goofy. Take a look below. Julie Kliegman
Hundreds of activists stormed Iraq's parliament building Saturday in support of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who had accused Iraqi politicians of corruption, CBS News reports.
The demonstrators climbed over blast walls in Baghdad's Green Zone, which houses most of the country's ministries and foreign embassies, after parliament couldn't reach quorum to hold a session. The protesters broke furniture, chanted, and waved Iraqi flags.
San Francisco Police Chief Gregory Suhr released nine pages of racist and homophobic text messages sent between officers Friday and ordered all officers to undergo anti-bias training, The New York Times reports.
"We have nothing to hide," Suhr said of his 2,000-member force. "These are the actions of a few."
The messages, which disparaged blacks, Latinos, South Asians, and LGBT people, were found as part of an investigation into a rape charge against one of the officers.
The head of an evangelical legal organization has pledged to carry a gun into Target's bathrooms to defend against transgender women. Liberty Counsel President Anita Staver is calling for a boycott of the retail chain after it announced that it will allow patrons to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity, The Huffington Post reports. Staver tweeted the following:
— Anita Staver (@AnitaStaver) April 22, 2016
Staver later claimed she always brings guns into public restrooms.