Jury selection began today in the trial against accused terrorist Jose Padilla, with Judge Marcia Cooke ruling that prosecutors may make references to the 9/11 attacks, but not suggest that Padilla and his co-defendants were linked to them. "Any idea, through inference or otherwise, that these defendants are connected to 9/11 is not available to the government," Cooke said.
Some of the strongest evidence against Padilla—including his alleged dirty bomb plot—will be inadmissible, since it was obtained unconstitutionally. Padilla has claimed repeatedly that he was tortured by the U.S. government, and has attempted, unsuccessfully, to get the case dismissed. Jury selection is likely to continue for the next two weeks; the trial should last four months or longer.