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Padilla move is seen as showdown stopper

The Justice Department, which secured an indictment of alleged al-Qaida sympathizer Jose Padilla on criminal charges and announced plans this week to transfer him out of military custody, appears to be trying to avoid a showdown in the U.S. Supreme Court over the rights of suspected terrorists, constitutional lawyers and legal analysts said yesterday. But if that strategy fails and the Supreme Court chooses to review whether “enemy combatants,” as Padilla has been designated, are entitled to court hearings and access to a lawyer, the result could alter the way the Bush administration must treat terrorism suspects worldwide – possibly including those reportedly detained in secret prisons overseas.Full Story

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