BOSTON – A man charged with attempting to blow up an airliner with explosives hidden in his shoes has lost his bid to keep jurors at his upcoming trial from hearing about a confession he allegedly made to authorities after his arrest.
U.S. District Court Judge William Young said Thursday that federal agents had "scrupulously honored" Richard C. Reid's right to cut off questioning.
Reid's lawyers had claimed Reid invoked his right to remain silent when, after answering an initial round of questions from a state police trooper, he said, "I have nothing else to say."
About four hours later, federal investigators began interrogating Reid. The agents again informed Reid of his Miranda rights, which he said he understood. During that interview, Reid answered some questions but refused to answer others.
The next day, agents resumed questioning and again read him his Miranda rights. He also signed a form acknowledging he understood his rights and agreed to be questioned.
"The record is devoid of any indication that the investigators attempted to talk Reid out of his earlier decision not to say anything more," Young wrote.
Authorities have not released details of the statements Reid made, but have said in court papers that he confessed.
Reid is charged with attempting to detonate the explosives aboard an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami on Dec. 22. Crew members and passengers overpowered Reid after he allegedly attempted to light a fuse protruding from one of his shoes.
A message left Thursday at the office of Reid's attorney, Owen Walker, wasn't immediately returned.
Reid, 28, a British citizen authorities say was trained in Afghanistan by the Al Qaeda terrorist group, has pleaded innocent to eight charges, including the attempted murder of the 197 passengers and crew members aboard the plane.
Authorities said the shoes contained explosives powerful enough to blow a hole in the plane's fuselage.
Reid's trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 4 in U.S. District Court. The case is being tried in Boston because the plane was diverted there after Reid was subdued by passengers and flight attendants.