Timeline of Jose Padilla v. John Yoo

May 2002: Jose Padilla was arrested on a material witness warrant at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. A material witness warrant is generally issued to guarantee a witness’s appearance in court. Under the direction of then-Attorney General John Ashcroft, material witness warrants were used to detain terrorism suspects when law enforcement officials lacked sufficient evidence to charge the individuals with a crime. 

June 2002: President George W. Bush designated Padilla as an “enemy combatant” and ordered his transfer from a federal detention facility to military custody. The Bush administration accused Padilla of being “closely associated with al Qaeda” and plotting a radioactive “dirty” bomb attack in the United States to justify Padilla’s military detention.

June 2002 – January 2006: Padilla was detained at the military brig in Charleston, South Carolina, where he alleged that he was repeatedly tortured.

June 2002 – March 2004: Padilla was denied any contact with his attorney and family in the first 22-months of his military detention.

November 2005: Padilla was charged with “conspiracy to murder individuals overseas and providing material support to terrorists as part of a North American terrorist support cell.”

January 2006: Padilla was transferred to a federal detention center. He was tried in a Miami federal court on “criminal charges unrelated to the allegations that had been used to justify his military detention.”

August 2007: Padilla was convicted on charges of conspiracy and aiding terrorists.

January 2008: Padilla was sentenced to 208 months (or 17 years and 4 months) in prison by U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke.

January 2008: Padilla filed the civil suit against John Yoo.

June 2009: U.S. District Court judge declined to dismiss the civil suit against John Yoo.

July 2009: The Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility concluded that “Yoo knowingly failed to provided a thorough, objective, and candid interpretation of the law” when he drafted the Bybee Memo, which justified “outright torture” in violation of the War Crimes Act, the Geneva Convention, and the Convention Against Torture.

May 2012: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed suit against John Yoo.


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