Padilla: Oh What a Difference a Judge Makes

Back when the feds finally got around to actually indicting Jose Padilla, I suggested that the indictment was curiously light on actual allegations of illegal actions by Padilla himself as opposed to his supposed co-conspirators.

Well, it seems that the judge agrees:

Judge orders more investigative details turned over to Padilla defense: South Florida Sun-Sentinel A federal judge ordered prosecutors Tuesday to provide more specific accusations against alleged al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla and two other men charged with supporting terrorism overseas.

U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke called the government’s 2005 indictment of Padilla, a former Broward County resident, Adham Amin Hassoun, and Kifah Wael Jayyousi “light on facts” and said defense lawyers would need more details to sift through a large amount of evidence related to the case.

I should also point out that this straight-shooting approach to the rules of criminal procedure appears to validate SD FLA Blog’s David Markus’s take on Judge Cooke.

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