April 03, 2006

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Padilla Appeal

In a six to three decision, the Supreme Court decided not to hear the appeal of accused "dirty bomber" Jose Padilla, whose lawyers were challenging his detention as an "enemy combatant". Padilla is a US citizen accused of plotting with al Qaeda to set off a "dirty bomb", a conventional explosive laced with radioactive materials, in the US.

From Fox News:

Jose Padilla was moved in January to Miami to face criminal charges, and the government argued that the appeal over his indefinite detention was now pointless.

Six justices agreed not to hear the appeal from Padilla. Three justices said the court should have taken up the case: Justices David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer.

The decision not to hear the case puts aside, for now, legal fights over the extent of the President's wartime powers.

Via Stop the ACLU.

More: Michelle Malkin, Independent Conservative, SCOTUSblog.

Also posted at The Dread Pundit Bluto.

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