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U.S. Fights 'Enemy Combatant' Access to Lawyers

Federal prosecutors will appeal a judge’s ruling ordering the government to allow a U.S. citizen being held incommunicado as an enemy combatant to meet with defense lawyers, a letter made public on Tuesday said. The government, in the letter dated last week, has informed U.S. District Judge Michael Mukasey that it does not believe he has jurisdiction in the case and will seek appellate review. Prosecutors said they will not follow the judge’s instructions that they try to reach an agreement with defense lawyers on conditions under which Jose Padilla — deemed an enemy combatant by President Bush — can consult with attorneys. The letter follows Mukasey’s strongly worded order earlier this month that Padilla, a New Yorker accused of plotting with al Qaeda to detonate a radioactive “dirty bomb,” must be allowed to meet with his lawyers under controlled conditions. Full Story

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