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Jose Padilla in a Legal Black Hole

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    ENEMY COMBATANT VANISHES INTO A LEGAL BLACK HOLE Paula Span, Washington Post, 7/30/03 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A64791-2003Jul29.html NEW
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      ENEMY COMBATANT VANISHES INTO A 'LEGAL BLACK HOLE'
      Paula Span, Washington Post, 7/30/03
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A64791-2003Jul29.html

      NEW YORK -- It was the luck of the draw.

      Some other spring morning, Donna Newman would have encountered a
      different client in a prison jumpsuit, someone accused of fraud or
      drug trafficking. Instead, arriving at the federal courthouse in
      downtown Manhattan in May 2002, she met Jose Padilla.

      Newman serves on a panel of private practice attorneys who
      occasionally take on indigent clients facing federal charges. She
      accepts new cases two days a year. "I believe in defending
      indigents," she said. "You gotta give back." At the time, though, she
      had no inkling how much she was about to give.

      Padilla, arrested by the FBI at Chicago's O'Hare International
      Airport on May 8, had been flown east to appear before a grand jury
      as a material witness. The subject he supposedly had knowledge of --
      an al Qaeda plan to detonate a "dirty bomb" in the United States --
      sounded scarier than most. Another alarming sign was that every time
      Newman set her pen down on the courtroom table during that first
      appearance, federal marshals handed it back to her, evidently so that
      Padilla couldn't seize it as a weapon.

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