Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Jose Padilla Sentenced To 17 Years

Jose Padilla was sentenced to 17 years, and of course the AP tries to snark its way through the report, claiming that prosecutors quietly dropped the dirty bomb charges against Padilla in 2005. Nothing could be further from the truth. The media widely reported dropping the charges.

The media regularly reported the fact that the dirty bomb charges were dropped as some kind of insinuation that the overall case against Padilla was not strong or trumped up. I noted that the media indeed reported the dropped dirty bomb charges.

As I wrote when the charges were adjusted, it may have had to do with who the witnesses were and how their testimony was gathered.

The prosecution stuck with the charges that would lead to convictions. It was a sound strategy that worked. He's going to prison, and while it may be for an insufficient amount of time, it will have to do.

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