CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Lawyers for the man convicted of plotting terrorism want a federal appeals court to reinstate a lawsuit alleging he was tortured at a South Carolina Navy brig.
Lawyers ask the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia on Wednesday to overrule a federal judge from South Carolina who dismissed the lawsuit involving Jose Padilla. The judge ruled Padilla had no right to sue government officials.
Padilla claimed he was illegally detained as an enemy combatant and tortured at a brig near Charleston.
He has been sentenced to 17 years by a judge in Miami for several terrorism-related charges. However, an appeals court in that circuit has ordered a new sentencing, saying 17 years is too lenient for someone trained to kill in an al-Qaida camp.