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Supreme Court Allows Bush Administration to Change Padilla's Status


The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to let the Bush administration transfer accused "enemy combatant" Jose Padilla from U.S. military custody to face criminal charges in Florida.

The high court's ruling Wednesday is a victory for the White House, which has held Mr. Padilla in a military detention facility since he was detained three years ago.

Mr. Padilla's case has been the subject of numerous court rulings and his classification as an "enemy combatant" has been criticized by civil rights groups.

Last month the U.S. Justice Department reversed course and requested that the U.S.-born Mr. Padilla be tried in a civilian court. An appeals court had ruled against that request, prompting the administration to take the case to the Supreme Court.

Mr. Padilla was arrested under suspicion of plotting with al-Qaida to set off a dirty bomb in the United States.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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