LUBBOCK (KCBD) - Lubbock terror suspect Khalid Aldawsari, 21, has two new attorneys on his defense team, as described on the court docket last week. But who is paying for them remains a mystery.
Aldawsari was sponsored by a Saudi Arabian-based industrial corporation as a college student in Lubbock attending Texas Tech initially and later South Plains College. Is that same foreign corporation or perhaps even the Saudi government paying for his defense team?
KCBD NewsChannel 11 is forbidden by court order from asking federal officials, including prosecutors, the FBI, or even Representative Randy Neugebauer, any questions about the case whatsoever.
Will the addition of new defense attorneys increase the U.S. government cost of prosecution? Again, KCBD NewsChannel 11 and other media outlets are not allowed to talk to people who might know the answer.
That same order forbids communication between the media and Aldawsari's defense team, which now includes Rod Hobson of Lubbock, Dan Cogdell of Houston and Paul Doyle of Houston.
The legality of such an order is currently under a challenge before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Cogdell is the namesake of a Houston law firm. Likewise, so is Doyle. Both are considered high-profile attorneys.
Aldawsari was arrested February 23rd in Lubbock. He is charged with one count of Attempted Use of a Weapon of Mass Destruction. Court records say he had amassed the material needed for a chemical bomb in his central Lubbock apartment with possible targets including power plants and the home of former President George W. Bush.
(Note: There has been some national media/blog interest in the pending Fifth Circuit case. For those wishing to follow the appeals case, look for 11-10683.)