Jose Padilla Trial Continued Until April

Good news on the Jose Padilla front: His federal court trial has been continued from January 22 until April, so that a full mental evaluation can be performed.

Background here and here.

Oral argument on the judge's decision dismissing the most serious count against him was held before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals this week. The judges were less than hospitable to the defense arguments, but one can never predict how an appeals court will rule.

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    If "justice" were to be served here,... (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Bill Arnett on Fri Jan 12, 2007 at 04:07:45 PM EST
    ... Padilla should be released, the people who held and tortured the poor man until he lost his mind should be fully prosecuted, all charges against Padilla should be dropped for failure to get a speedy trial AS WELL AS GOVERNMENT MISCONDUCT, and he should receive several millions of dollars in damages for his illegal incarceration.

    But, sadly, there appears to no longer be any "justice" in America.

    as Gerry Spence says (none / 0) (#2)
    by scribe on Fri Jan 12, 2007 at 04:15:24 PM EST
    "little people get little justice" is the central principle around which our court system works.  Don't forget it.

    And Jose Padilla is, in the eyes of the system, as little as they get.


    Let me guess.... (none / 0) (#3)
    by kdog on Fri Jan 12, 2007 at 04:45:12 PM EST
    ...he's caged up again till April.

    So much for the right to a speedy trial.  So much for rights period. If they are worth anything more than the paper they are printed on this dude should have been released long ago with all charges dropped.  

    And if he really was plotting to blow something up...we have our govt. to blame for his release for ignoring the rules we supposedly hold dear.

    Speedy Trial (none / 0) (#4)
    by Fredo on Fri Jan 12, 2007 at 06:24:54 PM EST
    Of course he has the right to a speedy trial, and he could insist upon that right if he chose to.  No continuance could have occurred without his agreeing to it.  And exactly why is the continuance "good news?"

    I was referring to... (none / 0) (#5)
    by kdog on Sat Jan 13, 2007 at 09:09:56 AM EST
    the couple years the govt. chained and caged him without charge.

    Yes, the continuance now is at his defense's request, so they can figure out how badly the guy was tortured, or "agressively interrogated with alternative coercion techniques" in tyrant-speak.

    I just think the law says the charges should be dropped, at least that's what it said before the current govt. shredded the law.


    It's just so much easier to blame the... (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Bill Arnett on Sun Jan 14, 2007 at 01:03:58 PM EST

    The government drives a man insane and then would blame HIM for not requesting a speedy trial after three years of illegal torture and confinement.

    Talk all the legal mumbo-jumbo you want, Fredo and Gabriel, some things are just too obviously wrong and inhuman to tolerate, no matter how much the government attempts to cover its @$$ with legal niceties.

    Blame Padilla, and not those who have made a travesty of justice playing word games and illegally holding and torturing people.