July 1 Sentencing Date For Terror Plotter Jose Padilla

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Jose Padilla (Source: U.S. Justice Dept.)

Jose Padilla (Source: U.S. Justice Dept.)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A sentencing date has been set for convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla.

A Miami judge set a July 1 date to impose a new prison sentence on Jose Padilla, who was convicted in 2007 of terrorism support and conspiracy charges.

Prosecutors and Padilla’s defense lawyer said at a hearing Wednesday they still need time to go through hundreds of classified documents. Padilla was originally sentenced to more than 17 years, but an appeals court ruled that was too lenient.

Trial testimony showed Padilla attended an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan. He was arrested by the FBI in 2002 on what authorities said at the time was a mission to detonate a radioactive “dirty bomb” inside the U.S. But he was never charged with that.

Before his trial, Padilla was held without charge as an enemy combatant for more than three years.

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