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Showdown on Terrorism Case

Administration Seeks Fast Track for High Court Appeal. The Bush administration announced yesterday that it will ask the Supreme Court to put its appeal of a key terrorism case on a fast track — a proposal that, if accepted by the court, would enable the justices to decide on almost all the major pending civil liberties cases related to the war against al Qaeda and the Taliban by summer. In a brief filed with the court and simultaneously released to the media, Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson informed the justices that by Jan. 20 he will file his appeal of a New York-based federal appeals court’s ruling last month ordering the government to either charge or free Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen allegedly linked to al Qaeda who has been held incommunicado as an “enemy combatant” since shortly after his arrest in Chicago 19 months ago. Olson added that he will contact Padilla’s lawyers to reach agreement on a schedule that would let the Supreme Court hear the oral argument by the end of April and issue a ruling before its recess in early July. Full Story

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