Jose Padilla: Imprisoned Nearly Four Years Without a Lawyer, Convicted on Terrorism Charges
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This just in from Think Progress:
Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen who had been arrested in 2002 as an enemy combatant, has been found guilty in a Miami court on all charges of supporting terrorism. The Washington Post wrote that the administration's detention of him had been " bruising to liberty."
The Bush administration had claimed that Padilla, who was held in a military brig for more than 3 years, could be detained indefinitely and without access to a lawyer.
Ultimately, the federal courts forced the administration to provide Padilla access to the courts. The verdict today affirms the merits of a judicial system that provides both due process and due punishment. Padilla's attorneys are expected to appeal.
This post, written by Lindsay Beyerstein, originally appeared on Majikthise
Democracy Now! has a fascinating interview with a psychiatrist who interviewed suspected terrorist Jose Padilla for over 22 hours in an attempt to determine whether he was fit to stand trial after more than 3 years of solitary confinement.