Saturday, February 02, 2008

Jose Padilla: Far Too Long

It's beyond you and me both brother.

17 Years 4 Months Still Too Long for Padilla
By Chris Stevenson

Why federal Judge Marcia Cooke is trying to make President Bush’s baseless arrest, detention and charges of Jose Padilla look as if they are even remotely legitimate is beyond me. All she needs to do is check the rulings of other judges who don’t take the antics of Bush or his administration seriously and act accordingly. What Bush was trying to do is see how far his bogus anti-terrorism laws could go. Trust me on this one, the man is still a high school prankster (he tapped Cooke in 2004). So it stands as of 1/22 Padilla’s original sentence of life was reduced to 17 years, 4 months......

Where Padilla, Hassoun and Jayyousi’s attorneys went wrong is that they for some reason didn’t go for the gusto; they didn’t fight for their client’s complete exoneration in the face of such obviously kangaroo-court-like charges. They actually were pushing for 5-to-15 year terms. If they didn’t have complete faith in their client’s innocence, how could they expect a judge to do so?more

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