Thursday, December 22, 2005

Bush Justice Department blows another one

A Federal appeals court on Wednesday denied a Bush administration request to transfer terrorism suspect Jose Padilla, a former Chicago gang member, from military to civilian law enforcement custody.

The decision, written by Judge J. Michael Luttig, questioned why the administration essentially changed its story and used one set of facts before the court for 3-1/2 years to justify holding Padilla without charges but used another set to convince a grand jury in Florida to indict him last month.

And Judge Luttig, who was up for consideration as a Bush Supreme Court appointee is no doctrinaire `liberal', but a jurist with solid common sense.Judge bucks president in 'dirty bomb' case

Like the al Arian case, once again we see the Bush justice department fumbling an important domestic terrorism case.


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