Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is representing himself in a federal court in Detroit on charges that he tried to bring down an airliner with 290 aboard. (U.S. Marshals Service)

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is representing himself in a federal court in Detroit on charges that he tried to bring down an airliner with 290 aboard. (U.S. Marshals Service)