January 22, 2008 5 Comments
From the New York Times on January 22, 2008:
Administration officials had long maintained that some terrorism suspects could be properly handled only with military detention and trials by military commissions, not in the civilian justice system. But the verdict against Mr. Padilla seemed to undercut the administration’s insistence and, in the eyes of critics of the administration’s approach, proved that the criminal justice system should have handled the case in the first place.
What seems to have happened, to put it more bluntly, is that the judge told the government things like “the worse you treat somebody, the quicker I’ll let them go” and “you need to show more evidence than this if you want to incarcerate someone for life.”