Terror plotter Padilla seeking resentence delay

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MIAMI (AP) — Convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla is seeking a delay in his scheduled resentencing hearing in hopes that frequent family visits will improve his mental health.

U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke set a hearing for Wednesday afternoon on the request. Padilla attorney Michael Caruso says in court documents the 42-year-old Padilla's psychological condition has deteriorated since his original 2008 sentencing.

An appeals court rejected Padilla's current 17-year prison sentence as too lenient, ordering Cooke to impose a longer sentence. That sentencing hearing is set for next Monday.

Padilla and two others were convicted of conspiracy and terrorism support charges involving al-Qaida.

Padilla was held in a Navy brig without charges over three years as an enemy combatant. Original claims that Padilla aimed to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb" were dropped.

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