Padilla Terror Charges

MIAMI (AP) -- A federal judge says prosecutors can refer to the September eleventh terrorist attacks in only a narrow way in Jose Padilla's terrorism support trial.

The judge also ruled today that prosecutors can't suggest that Padilla and two co-defendants were involved.

Prosecutors say there was never any intent to link Padilla and the other defendants to the attacks. But they say there will be testimony connecting the defendants to al-Qaida.

Jury selection is underway in Miami.

Padilla, of Chicago, is an alleged al-Qaida operative held for over three years as an enemy combatant.

He and two co-defendants face charges of conspiracy to "murder, kidnap and maim" people overseas and of providing support to terror groups.

All three pleaded have pleaded not guilty. They could face life in prison if convicted.


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