Frank James filed the petition in federal court in Brooklyn, where US District Judge William F. Kuntz asked James, “How is your day?”
“Okay,” James replied.
When asked about his educational background, James said he attended public schools in the Bronx before receiving his GED. He said he also attended some trade schools.
James, 62, has been charged with using a firearm during a “terrorist” attack or other violent act on a public transportation system and during a violent crime. Both charges carry a maximum life sentence.
The suspect was arrested on April 13, 30 hours after authorities said he was on his way from Philadelphia to Brooklyn station, when a smoke bomb exploded on a train full of passengers on his way from Philadelphia to Brooklyn station in the morning and fired dozens. The victims of the shootings were 16 to 60 years old; Everyone survived.
Heavy fires in the morning in the largest city in America closed parts of the transportation system and led to a massive search operation.
The video shows passengers spilling blood on a metro platform.
Within hours, police identified James as an “interested person” and then a suspect.
Authorities said James’ bank cards, a mobile phone and the keys to his rented van were found at the scene. Police said they found a 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol used in the shooting, which James identified as human.
Defense Attorney Mia Eisner-Greenberg warned James not to rush into a decision on his arrest, saying James had informed police of his whereabouts. He phoned Manhattan’s East Village and said he was at a fast food restaurant in Manhattan’s East Village.
At least another person called the whistleblower hotline.
Eisner-Greenberg declined to comment outside court on Friday.
The motive for the attack is not clear. In several of his statements on YouTube, James, a black man, made obscene remarks about people of various backgrounds and reprimanded New York Mayor Eric Adams and complained about the mental health care the city received years ago.
James is out on bail and will return to court on July 25.