"Dirty bomber" access to counsel ruling

[JURIST] US District Judge Michael Mukasey's Tuesday ruling [PDF text] reaffirming his December holding [PDF text] that "dirty bomber" Jose Padilla - currently detained by the United States as an "enemy combatant" - be allowed to consult with counsel is now available online from the US Southern District of New York. Apparently frustrated by the Government's disputation of his original decision, Mukasey concluded: "Lest any confusion remain, this is not a suggestion or a request that Padilla be permitted to consult with counsel, and it is certainly not an invitation to conduct a further “dialogue” about whether he will be permitted to do so. It is a ruling -- a determination -- that he will be permitted to do so." The US Department of Justice issued a statement on the ruling saying that it would "review today's opinion in light of our duty to take all steps possible within the law to protect the American people."



 

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