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Padilla Is Unfit for Trial, Attorneys Say

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Padilla Is Unfit for Trial, Attorneys Say

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Padilla Is Unfit for Trial, Attorneys Say

Padilla Is Unfit for Trial, Attorneys Say

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A federal judge in Miami is holding a hearing to determine if Jose Padilla is competent to stand trial. Padilla is a U.S. citizen arrested nearly 5 years ago and accused of being an Al Qaeda operative.

His attorneys say that Padilla, who was held in almost total isolation in a Navy brig, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

They say that as a result, Padilla is incompetent to participate in his own defense. The government says he is competent.