Shooter ungagged

The Associated Press certainly had an ethical question to resolve today when it got an interview with the man accused of shooting two military recruiters, killing one. A judge had issued a gag order in the Little Rock case, but Abdulhakim Muhammad called the AP anyway.

“I do feel I’m not guilty,” told The Associated Press in a collect call from the Pulaski County jail. “I don’t think it was murder, because murder is when a person kills another person without justified reason.”

Never mind that he says the shooting was nothing personal against the men who were shot, and that he only thought of killing a military recruiter on the morning of June 1.

He called it “a act, for the sake of God, for the sake of Allah, the Lord of all the world, and also a retaliation on U.S. military.”

After the interview, his attorney sent an e-mail to the AP asking the news organization to withhold the interview. The AP said no.

  • MNguy

    What’s with this jailhouse interview stuff? These guys are in the can for a reason.

  • Bob Collins

    Presumed innocent until…

  • John Peschken

    What’s with a gag order anyway?

    Since we are “presumed innocent until…”, why doesn’t the defendant have a right to say what he wants to the press like any other innocent person?