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Padilla Can't Be Held as Combatant, Court Says

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Padilla Can't Be Held as Combatant, Court Says

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Padilla Can't Be Held as Combatant, Court Says

Padilla Can't Be Held as Combatant, Court Says

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A federal appeals court in New York rules that President Bush does not have the power to detain an American citizen seized on U.S. soil as an enemy combatant. Jose Padilla was taken into military custody last year, accused of plotting to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb." He has since been held without criminal charge and with no access to a lawyer. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports.

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