Michigan Mosque Plot Suspect Says He Wants New Lawyer

DEARBORN, Mich. -- A California man accused of threatening to blow up a Detroit-area mosque has told a judge he wants a new lawyer, saying his current counsel "is a Shiite" and a "patron of the mosque."

Sixty-three-year-old Roger Stockham made the statements Friday during what was scheduled to be a preliminary examination on charges of making a false report or threat of terrorism and possessing explosives with an unlawful intent.

Dearborn District Court Judge Mark Somers ordered Stockham to a holding area and said he would see about getting him a new attorney.

Stockham was arrested Jan. 24 driving near Dearborn's Islamic Center of America. Police say he had more than two dozen powerful fireworks in his car.

The Imperial Beach, Calif., resident has had legal run-ins dating back to the 1970s.