Friday, September 08, 2006

Magistrate recommends that Padilla motions be denied

Magistate Judge Stephen Brown has recommended that Jose Padilla's motions to suppress be denied. Here's the AP article about the rulings. The defense will now appeal to the District Judge, Marcia Cooke. Here's a snippet from the article:

Brown found that Padilla had not been placed immediately under arrest by the FBI when he arrived at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport in May 2002. Since he was not in official custody, Brown said it was not required for the agents to read him his Miranda constitutional rights before interrogating him.

''Defendant was not restrained at any time, by handcuffs or otherwise. Every effort was made for defendant to be made comfortable, in a non-threatening setting,'' Brown said in his ruling released Friday. ``He was never told that he was not free to go.''

Brown also denied Padilla's motion to suppress evidence seized at the airport, rejecting arguments that the material witness warrant eventually used to arrest him was based on statements from one source who claims he was tortured and another who was heavily medicated.

Padilla's attorneys identified one of the sources as Abu Zubayda, a top al-Qaida leader recently transferred from a secret CIA prison overseas to the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. The other source was named as Binyam Ahmed Muhammad, who is also at Guantánamo and claims he was tortured after his arrest in Pakistan in April 2002.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Bravo to Judge Brown! Only if Cooke will follow in his foot steps.