Judge Denies Request for Lawyer for Bomb Suspect

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Ahmad Khan Rahami, in a September 2016 photo provided by the Union County Prosecutor's Office. (Union County Prosecutor's Office via AP, File)
Ahmad Khan Rahami, in a September 2016 photo provided by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. (Union County Prosecutor’s Office via AP, File)

A federal judge has denied a public defender’s request that the man charged in bombings in New York and New Jersey be appointed a lawyer. Prosecutors say Ahmad Khan Rahami has not officially been arrested yet by federal authorities.

Magistrate Judge Mark Falk on Friday ruled against New Jersey public defender Richard Coughlin’s request.

Federal prosecutors opposed the request and say Rahami has been incapacitated at the hospital. Coughlin says he has no reason to doubt that.

Rahami faces federal charges for the bombs that exploded in New York City and a New Jersey seaside community and state charges after a shootout with police in New Jersey.

Rahami was shot multiple times in a shootout in Linden on Monday. Two officers were treated for minor injuries.