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Padilla defense team violated protective order by leaking transcripts: prosecution

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors have accused lawyers for alleged terrorist Jose Padilla [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of violating a protective order that bars distribution of sensitive documents after one of the lawyers admitted to leaking classified government wiretap transcripts to the New York Times, which lead to a January 4 report in the newspaper. The defense team has said the leak did not violate the protective order. A federal court hearing is set for Wednesday to address the accusation. The Miami Herald has more.

Padilla, a US citizen initially suspected of planning to set off a radioactive "dirty bomb" [NRC factsheet] in the United States and classified in 2002 as an enemy combatant subject to indefinite detention, was indicted [JURIST report] in late 2005 on unrelated terrorism charges. He was transferred to civilian custody [JURIST report] in January of last year and has pleaded not guilty [JURIST report]. His trial is scheduled for April 16.

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