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'Dirty Bomber' Questions Get Quick Appeal

Chief Judge Michael B. Mukasey of the Southern District of New York on Wednesday certified several questions for appeal in the detention of designated enemy combatant Jose Padilla. With the government refusing to budge from its position that any meetings between defense lawyers and the alleged “dirty bomber” would jeopardize his interrogation at a naval brig in South Carolina, the judge gave his approval for an interlocutory appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Defense lawyers Donna Newman and Andrew Patel have accused the government of stalling since Mukasey issued an order Dec. 4 directing the two sides to meet and agree on conditions for attorney meetings with Padilla. Mukasey had said in his December ruling in Padilla v. Rumsfeld, 02 Civ. 4445, that the meetings were needed to help him consider a petition for habeas corpus. Full Story

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