Hooray, I've Been Indicted

Jose Padilla now enters the criminal-justice system

Being charged with conspiring to aid overseas jihadists normally wouldn't be good news--unless you've been in isolation for three years with no charges to fight. But when Jose Padilla learned last week that he had been indicted, "he was extremely happy," his attorney Andrew Patel told TIME. Padilla, a U.S. citizen who has been held as an "enemy combatant" by the military since mid-2002, will be transferred from a Navy brig to a federal prison and, more important, will get a trial date.

By moving Padilla into the criminal-justice system, the Bush Administration may be able to avoid a Supreme Court...

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