Verdict Reached in Padilla Terror Case
Thursday August 16, 2007 5:31 PM
By CURT ANDERSON
Associated Press Writer
MIAMI (AP) - A verdict was reached Thursday in the trial of Jose Padilla and two co-defendants charged with supporting al-Qaida and other violent Islamic extremist groups overseas.
The jury verdict was scheduled to be read at 2 p.m. EDT before U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke in Miami's downtown federal courthouse, according to an announcement from her chambers. The jury of seven men and five women deliberated for about a day and a half following a three-month trial.
FYI - if convicted, they face life in prison (not that it could get any worse for them).
Padilla, Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi face possible life in prison if convicted of all three charges in the case.
UPDATE: ALL 3 DEFENDANTS FOUND GUILTY ON ALL 3 CHARGES Per the live news conference. Details forthcoming.
UPDATE #2: Sentencing scheduled for Dec. 5th.
Update #3 - Glenn Greenwald notes that the trial itself was a victory for justice - regardless of the verdict - given how long Padilla was illegally held. Hat tip to Kovie for the note from Greenwald.
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