Hearing on resentencing for terror plotter Padilla

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Associated Press

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 5:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 12 at 5:06 AM

MIAMI (AP) — After months of delay, a South Florida judge will begin examining the issues surrounding the resentencing of convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla.

Miami U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke scheduled a Wednesday afternoon hearing for Padilla. He originally was sentenced to 17 years of prison for terrorism support and conspiracy convictions. A federal appeals court ruled in 2011 that the sentence was too lenient, given Padilla's lengthy criminal record and terrorist training at an al-Qaida camp in Afghanistan.

Since then, the case has been in limbo.

Padilla was held as an enemy combatant without charge for over three years. Initial claims he plotted to set off a radioactive device on U.S. soil were dropped.

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