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Court: Padilla Can't Be Held as Combatant

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Court: Padilla Can't Be Held as Combatant

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Court: Padilla Can't Be Held as Combatant

Court: Padilla Can't Be Held as Combatant

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A federal appeals court rules that President Bush does not have the authority to detain an American citizen who was seized on U.S. soil as an enemy combatant. The decision may force the U.S. government to try Jose Padilla in civilian courts. Padilla was arrested in May 2002 and accused of plotting to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb." Hear NPR's Libby Lewis.