American Lawyer Arrested in Madrid Bombings

This seems like a shocking development: a lawyer from Portland named Brandon Mayfield has been arrested on a material witness warrant in connection with last month’s bombings in Madrid. Mayfield is shown below:
Mayfield appears to be pretty obscure; I Googled him and came up with nothing. He does, however, have an al Qaeda connection: he represented Jeffrey Battle, one of the “Portland six,” an al Qaeda cell that was convicted and sentenced earlier this year, in a custody dispute.
UPDATE: Reader Daniel Aronstein points out this link:

“I think the reason they are holding him is because he is of the Muslim faith and because he is not super happy with the Bush administration. So if that’s a crime, well you can burn half of us,” Kent Mayfield [Brandon’s brother] said.


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