Jose Padilla Gets 17 Years
Jose Padilla, a/k/a Abdullah al-Muhajir or Muhajir Abdullah, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for crimes unrelated to those for which he was arrested six years ago.
Convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla, once accused of plotting with al-Qaida to blow up a radioactive “dirty bomb” in a major city, was sentenced Tuesday 17 years and four months in prison on charges that don’t mention those initial allegations.
The sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke marks another step in the extraordinary personal and legal odyssey for the 37-year-old Muslim convert, a U.S. citizen was held for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant after his 2002 arrest amid the “dirty bomb” allegations.
Prosecutors were pushing for a life sentence and Padilla’s attorneys argued he should get no more than ten; it appears the judge split the difference.
Given that he was unconstitutionally detained for 3-1/2 years, one would think he would be entitled to some offset in his sentence.
That said, Padilla’s no hero. He is indeed a terrorist who trained with al Qaeda and conspired to kill Americans. He was ultimately convicted of that in the course of the normal due process to which his citizenship entitled him. It’s a pity, however, that he became a cause célÃ¨bre in the process.