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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Padilla's Defense Attorneys Call No Witnesses

From ap.org: Defense lawyers rested their case Wednesday for one of Jose Padilla's co-defendants in their trial on terrorism support charges, clearing the way for a third defendant's attorneys to begin questioning a handful of remaining witnesses.

Padilla's attorneys have already told U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke they plan to call no witnesses in his defense. The case, now in its 12th week of testimony, could go to the jury within the next two weeks.

Two former co-workers of Adham Amin Hassoun, 45 - purportedly Padilla's recruiter for Islamic extremist causes - testified briefly Wednesday about his job as a computer programmer for a firm in Broward County, Fla. Neither was questioned about his alleged support for Islamic extremists, including al-Qaida.

"Your honor, we rest," said Hassoun lawyer Kenneth Swartz after calling seven witnesses since July 23.

The spotlight then shifted to Kifah Wael Jayyousi, 45, an engineer and former schools administrator in Detroit also accused of being part of the terror support cell. His defense is likely to take only a couple of days, said attorney William Swor.

All three defendants face life in prison if convicted on all counts, which include conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim people overseas. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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