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Shahzad Waives Right to Speedy Arraignment

Possibly because he is continuing to provide information to federal prosecutors?

The disclosure that Mr. Shahzad has waived his right to a speedy arraignment suggests that he is continuing to provide valuable information to Preet Bharara, of the Manhattan United States attorney’s office, which is prosecuting the case, and the F.B.I. agents and police detectives who conducted the investigation.

Under the law, a person who is arrested and charged with a federal crime must be brought before a judge and advised of his or her rights and the charges against them within a reasonable period of time – generally 24 hours or 48 hours if the arrest occurs on a weekend. A defendant can waive that right.

The docket in Mr. Shahzad’s case does not list a defense lawyer and it could not be learned Wednesday morning whether he was represented by one. Janice Oh, a spokeswoman for Mr. Bharara’s office, would not say whether he had been assigned a lawyer or had retained one.

If Shahzad, entitled to an attorney under Miranda, has not yet lawyered-up, that’s good news.

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