Watching the Wheels Go Round and Round
Today is a day for suspended animation in the world of the law-- a day to wait and watch and ponder how and when some of the current moving pieces will fall to rest. The I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby perjury and obstruction of justice trial in federal court in Washington has gone to the jury and the Anna Nicole Smith crazy-fest is maybe one day away from being over, at least for now. Also in Florida, and also speaking of crazy-fests, we are awaiting an important hearing in the case of Jose Padilla, the not-so-dirty-not-so-bomber, whose lawyers are in federal court arguing that he is a not competent to stand trial in April on terror conspiracy charges.
Indeed, my dream for today is that every nincompoop journalist covering the Smith hearing would track down to Miami to cover the Padilla hearing, where genuinely important questions about our government's treatment of terror suspects will be raised and resolved. The story of how Padilla was treated by his captors, and how that treatment affected him, doesn't have the sex appeal of the Smith case or the cartoon figures that seem to surround it. But I guarantee you this: In the end, the Padilla case will impact more of us in more meaningful ways than will the saga of where to bury the body of the dead playmate.
Won't happen, I know. The airwaves will be filled with all-Anna, all-the-time. But keep your eye on the Padilla story while you are waiting for the LIbby verdict. And I will do my part to keep you updated on how things are going down in Miami.
By Andrew Cohen |
February 22, 2007; 8:30 AM ET
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