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Delay sought in resentencing of convicted Florida terror plotter Jose Padilla


MIAMI — A 60-day delay is being sought for the resentencing of Jose Padilla, who was convicted in 2007 of terrorism support and conspiracy charges.

Miami federal prosecutors and Padilla's defense lawyer said in a joint motion Monday that more time is needed to sort through classified evidence Padilla wants to use at a sentencing hearing. They are seeking a delay from Aug. 4 to Oct. 7.

Padilla was originally sentenced to more than 17 years, but an appeals court ruled that was too lenient.

Padilla was arrested by the FBI in 2002 on what authorities said was an al-Qaida mission to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb" inside the U.S. But he was never charged with that.

Before trial, Padilla was held without charge as an enemy combatant for over three years.

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