Court resumes today for a man held as an enemy combatant at the Navy Brig in Charleston. In 2002, Jose Padilla was arrested and held as an enemy combatant in Charleston, and later transferred to Miami. This week, attorneys return to court to see if Padilla’s treatment was unconstitutional.
Padilla’s attorneys sued Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Defense Department officials and Navy Brig officers in Charleston back in 2007. According to recent reports, the attorneys say Padilla was kept from them and his family, he was isolated in total darkness at times and he was deprived of sleep. Now, they say Padilla was arrested and unlawfully held as an enemy combatant.
Currently, Padilla is serving a 17-year sentence in Miami for conspiracy.