Court Rules Padilla’s Sentence Too Short

    Jose Padilla, center, the alleged al-Qaida operative held as an "enemy combatant" for more than three years, is escorted by federal marshalls on his arrival in Miami, in this Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, file photo. Padilla is mentally competent to stand trial on terrorism support charges, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007 in a victory for the federal government.

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    Jose Padilla’s 17-year prison sentence has been ruled too short by a federal appeals court in Atlanta. Padilla was arrested in 2002 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on suspicion of trying to set off a dirty bomb. In 2007, he was convicted of conspiracy to murder, kidnap, and maim people in a foreign country, and was sentenced to 17 years and 4 months. Judge Marcia G. Cooke, who handed down the sentence, said that while she understood the gravity of his crimes, there was no evidence linking him to specific acts of terrorism. Padilla’s case will now return to a lower court for a new sentencing hearing.

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