Padilla habeas appeal to be heard Tuesday

Padilla habeas appeal to be heard Tuesday

[JURIST] The US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia will take up the case of Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] Tuesday, the latest in a series of twists and turns the litigation has taken. The proceeding comes after the US Supreme Court refused to hear Padilla's expedited challenge [JURIST report] to his "enemy combatant" status in June, instead directing the case to the federal appeals courts first. The Supreme Court had dismissed an earlier challenge filed by Padilla on jurisdictional grounds [JURIST report]. At issue now is a habeus corpus writ granted in February [JURIST report] by a South Carolina federal judge. The Washington Post has more.