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Robel Philipos, Dzokhar Tsarnaev’s Friend

Sketch of Boston marathon bomber's friend, Robel Philipos, in court

Robel Philipos, arrested last week and charged with making false statements, appeared before a federal magistrate in Boston. Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler allowed Philipos to go free on supervised bond. The above sketch shows Philipos with his lawyers and the magistrate as well as New York sketch and pleine-aire artist extraordinaire Jane Rosenberg in the right foreground.

Here are the rest of my sketches from today.

Tsarnaev's friend, Robel Philipos. with defense lawyers

Friend of Boston marathon bomber, Robel Philipos, led out of courtroom.

Friends of Robel Philipos in courtroom.

Funny story told to me by Jane: Philipos’ parents walked out of the courthouse with a young man not Robel, probably one of his friends pictured above. The cameras waiting outside assumed it was Robel and gave chase. Meanwhile, when the real Robel came to the front entrance accompanied by his lawyers the coast was clear. By the time the press caught on he was in the back seat of a car driving away.

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Busy Day

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Started out the day at the Supreme Court sketching arguments on an Arizona law that punishes employers of illegal immigrants.  Pictured above is Arizona’s Solicitor General Mary O’Grady.

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Then on to U.S. District Court in Baltimore for the initial appearance of yet another young man roped in by FBI agents posing as terrorists.  Antonio Martinez, aka Muhammad Hussain is said to have attempted to detonate what he thought was a bomb at a military recruitment center in Catonsville, MD.

Would-be bomber story here.

SCOTUSblog story here.

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FBI Hatched DC Metro Bomb Plot?

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Farooque Ahmed, seen here at a detention hearing this afternoon in U.S.District Court, Alexandria, is charged in a plot to blow up DC Metro stations, but it seems that it was the FBI posing as al-Qaeda that first assigned him to case out Northern Virginia Metro stations, and later told him it was part of a planned terrorist attack.  Clearly Ahmed had the desire to wage jihad, but appears to have been generally clueless until the FBI stepped in.  Ahmed’s wife, Sahar is reported to belong to a group called “Hip Muslim Moms”.

WaPo story here.

 

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