Thursday, January 05, 2006

Bond for Padilla's co-defendant

Althought Jose Padilla grabbed all the headlines today, his co-defendant, Kifah Wael Jayyousi, a Jordanian who became a U.S. citizen in 1987, will likely be free pending trial. He won today in front of U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke who set a $1.3 million bond, ordered electronic monitoring and that he not leave the South Florida area. Jayyousi has been in special solitary confinement since his arrest in March 2005. This is a huge win both for Jayyousi and his lawyer, William Swor, who won't need to spend countless hours in federal criminal defense lawyer's hell -- preparing a case for a client detained in the special housing unit (called the SHU).

BTW, I wonder what Prof. Froomkin thinks now about Judge Cooke.

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