Monday, August 21, 2006

Judge Throws Out Charges in Padilla Case - New York Times

Just think of all the time & money being wasted on this. It's not just the incompetence, but the willful incompetence & criminality exhibited by these clowns. It comes all the way down from Bu$hCo to these hapless prosecutors. Anyway, the judge doesn't seem to happy with them.
A federal judge has ruled that the government brought overlapping and redundant charges against Jose Padilla, a former “enemy combatant” linked to Al Qaeda, and she dismissed one that could have resulted in a life sentence.

The judge, Marcia G. Cooke of Federal District Court in Miami, said constitutional problems were raised in the charges that Mr. Padilla and two co-defendants were in a conspiracy to support violent jihad campaigns overseas.

All three charges related to one conspiracy to support terrorism overseas, Judge Cooke said.

“Charging the defendants with a single offense multiple times is violative of the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment,” she wrote in a decision dated Friday and released on Monday.

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