CNN reports that terror suspect Christopher Cornell’s interview with a local TV station was given the green light by U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith to be aired. The interview was the subject of much controversy since a judge had previously ruled for Cornell to have no contact with the public after his arrest.
Fox 19, via CNN, was contacted by Christopher himself, apparently to give his side of the plot to assassinate President Barack Obama, kill members of Congress, and plan an attack on the Israeli Embassy in Washington.. Cornell spoke to reporter Tricia Macke for the interview, which lasted an hour, was taped in 20 minute segments.
The detention center allows for calls up to 20 minutes in length, so at the end of the call, Cornell would hang up and call the station back and pick back up where he left off.
Richard Smith-Monahan, Christopher Cornell ‘s attorney, argued that the station is in contempt of court for violating a court order banning Cornell from contacting the public without the defense’s explicit permission to do so.
It is easy to see why the defense is quite concerned over the airing of the accused terror suspect’s interview. Cornell went into great detail about the means he would use to kill the president and Representatives, and how deeply rooted ISIS is in America.
Christopher was quoted as saying “We are indeed here in America,” he said. “We’re in each and every state. We’re here in Ohio. We’re more organized than you think.”
A portion of the interview was aired Thursday at 6:30 p.m. By 7:30, the station’s legal department was advised that Cornell’s attorney had filed a show of cause order with an emergency hearing slated for 8:30 p.m. that evening. The judge continued the hearing to Friday, where after five hours of testimony and arguments from all sides, U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith ruled that the no public contact order was vaguely written and that the station was not in violation.
The Fox 19 news station itself reported that Judge Beckwith stated “that Cornell has a right to remain silent, but he also has a right to free speech.”
The station went on to say that Christopher Cornell has been indicted on three felony counts that include the attempted murder of government officials and employees, solicitation to commit a crime of violence and possession of a firearm in furtherance of an attempted crime of violence. Cornell plead not guilty and is expected back in court in April.
While Cornell is all too willing to give the press details about his role in the terror plot, Christopher’s father is busy acussing the FBI of “setting his son up.” As reported by the Inquisitr, John Cornell, Christopher’s father, accused the FBI in an interview with ABC that the FBI put ideas in his son’s head, and that his son could not possibly be responsible for the plot.
Cornell’s interview seems to tell a different side of the story.