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Judges Rejects Padilla Torture Motion

Posted Apr 10, 2007 12:40 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke says Padilla’s motion to dismiss was faulty on legal grounds, and she was not passing judgment on his allegations, the Associated Press reports. Padilla claims he was deprived of sleep, forced to stand in stress positions and subjected to loud noises, harsh lights and extreme heat and cold.

The government has denied the torture allegations.

Padilla was originally accused of plotting to release a radioactive dirty bomb. The conspiracy case against him and two co-defendants in Miami does not include that charge.

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