U.S. District Court Judge Sam Cummings in Lubbock removed himself from the terror case of Khalid Aldawsari, 21, a citizen of Saudi Arabia.
Aldawsari was a college student in Lubbock when he was arrested and accused of Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction. Court records say his proposed targets included the home of former President George W. Bush.
Cummings' order to remove himself from the case is not explained in Court Records. It simply says, "The undersigned judge hereby recuses from the above-styled and numbered cause."
A minimum of six documents filed since March 23rd in the docket sheet are not accessible to the public. Did one side or the other demand that Cummings step down? At this time court records do not say.
Another federal judge has not yet been assigned to the case.
The case has been full of intrigue from the very beginning. Aldawsari's case includes top-secret documents, use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a statement from the White House Press Secretary at its inception, a gag order that strictly forbids any and all federal officials from talking to the news media about the case, and an appeal already filed before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals even before the case goes to trial.
The case is set for trial on April 30 in Lubbock.
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