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"Light on Facts?" You Don't Say...

Gabe Rottman,
Legislative Counsel,
ACLU Washington Legislative Office
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April 23, 2007

The Padilla trial begins next month, and the “dirty bomb” charge–so prominent after his arrest at O’Hare, transfer to military custody, and detention since 2002–is nowhere to be found in the indictment. Instead, the prosecution’s case is based on Padilla’s alleged involvement in a wide-ranging, globe-trotting conspiracy. Sayeth U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke to prosecutors: the indictment is awful “light on facts.”