Jose Padilla's lawyers are requesting the US Supreme Court step in and make a ruling regarding the torrorists prolonged detention, and the choices he
must make regarding his plea and his giving up further rights to reduce further detention.
(CBS/AP) Lawyers for "dirty bomb" suspect Jose Padilla want the Supreme Court to step in and rule on the U.S. citizen's indefinite military
detention, arguing that the judiciary needs to rein in the Bush administration's conduct in the war on terror.
"Delay increases the chance that Padilla could be faced with an unconstitutionally coerced choice — for example, whether to plead guilty to a crime
or to give up other rights in order to avoid further months of detention as an enemy combatant," Padilla's lawyers wrote in court papers filed
Padilla has spent most of his time in custody in a Navy brig in South Carolina. Padilla's case is at a federal appeals court and the prisoner's
lawyers say the Supreme Court should step in now.
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Only in America can you attempt to blow up a plane, and then have your lawyers demand that the Supreme Court intervene on your behalf.
Everybody (well, some of us) appreciate the effort. Could you expand a little bit by what you mean by "only in America"? I'm not sure if you can
edit your story by now, but you could always post a follow up if you want to discuss it.
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