Airline attack suspect relying on lawyer in court

By ED WHITE | October 11, 2011 | 3:00 AM EDT

FILE - This December 2009 file photo released by the U.S. Marshal's Service shows Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in Milan, Mich. Abdulmutallab, on trial for a failed attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound plane with a bomb in his underwear, is acting as his own lawyer. In practice, he is relying on an experienced attorney to work the courtroom. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service, File)

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit attorney defending a man accused of an attempted terrorist attack on a plane faces a tough task will pecking away at evidence in a case where Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (OO'-mahr fah-ROOK' ahb-DOOL'-moo-TAH'-lahb) was captured in a snap.

Opening statements are set for Tuesday in Detroit federal court. Abdulmutallab is charged with trying to take down Northwest Airlines Flight 253 with a bomb in his underwear on Christmas 2009. He's acting as his own lawyer but is relying on attorney Anthony Chambers to handle the courtroom work.

Chambers will grill witnesses and give an opening statement after Abdulmutallab dropped plans to give his own statement. Chambers is promising to "challenge everything" at trial.