Classified docs hold up Padilla resentence date

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Posted: Feb 12, 2014 3:40 PM

MIAMI (AP) — Production of thousands of classified documents material sought by the attorney for convicted terrorism plotter Jose Padilla is holding up his resentencing in the case.

Prosecutors told a federal judge Wednesday it will take two months to disclose about 4,700 Defense Department documents that Padilla's attorney wants. The exact nature of those documents is unknown, but Padilla was held for more than three years without charge as an enemy combatant at a Navy brig before he was indicted in Miami.

U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke says she will set a firm resentencing date at an April hearing.

A federal appeals court ruled in 2011 that Padilla's original 17-year prison sentence on conspiracy and terror support convictions was too lenient, given Padilla's lengthy criminal record and terrorist training at an al-Qaida camp.

Initial allegations that Padilla plotted to set off a radioactive device on U.S. soil were dropped.