May 4, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Puerto Rican Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla on Sunday signed an executive order legalizing medical marijuana. The order refers to several US studies that show the therapeutic use of the plant in treating different medical conditions including pain associated with AIDS, glaucoma, migraines, ...[read more]
September 10, 2014
by William Helbling
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Tuesday resentenced convicted terrorist Jose Padilla to 21 years in prison. Judge Marcia Cooke resentenced Padilla after the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled in 2011 that Padilla's 17-year sentence was too ...[read more]
August 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
The California Legislature on Friday enacted a ban on the use of plastic grocery bags in the state. The bill , if signed into law, will become the first law of its kind in the US. Some cities and counties within the state have successfully enacted the ban but the law had not yet passed at the ...[read more]
February 20, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in Chaidez v. United States that its holding in Padilla v. Kentucky does not apply retroactively. In Padilla, the court held that immigration attorneys are required to inform their clients about some of the deportation consequences of guilty pleas under the ...[read more]
December 11, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The mother of US citizen and convicted terrorist Jose Padilla on Monday filed a complaint with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) for torture and unlawful detention. The petition was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Yale Law School Lowenstein ...[read more]
November 2, 2012
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Thursday. In Chaidez v. United States the court heard arguments to determine if Padilla v. Kentucky applies retroactively to persons whose convictions became final before its announcement. Padilla held that the Sixth Amendment guarantee of ...[read more]
September 19, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On September 19, 2011, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the 17 year sentence given to Jose Padilla for charges related to terrorism was too lenient. Federal prosecutors had appealed the sentence given by the district court after the court reduced his sentence based on ...[read more]
April 30, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in Chaidez v. United States to rule on an ineffective assistance of counsel claim. In 2010, the court held in Padilla v. Kentucky that the Sixth Amendment guarantee of effective assistance of counsel requires a criminal defense lawyer to advise a non- ...[read more]
April 24, 2012
by Julia Zebley
US citizen and convicted terrorist Jose Padilla filed a petition for certiorari with the US Supreme Court on Monday, appealing the dismissal of his lawsuit against US officials for allegedly illegally detaining him at a military jail in South Carolina. Padilla's lawsuit claims nominal monetary ...[read more]
January 30, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On January 30, 2007, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reinstated a conspiracy charge against alleged terrorist Jose Padilla, reversing a lower court decision that the charge duplicated two other counts against Padilla and his co-defendants. The Eleventh Circuit rejected the ...[read more]

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