An incident was brought on his behalf because he had been jailed for such a long time with no charges filed against him as well as other issues that were in violation of his Constitutional rights. The evening before his case was to be heard by the Supreme Court charges were finally filed against him. It really is believed that it was only done so that the Supreme Court wouldn’t normally hear the full case considering that the Bush Administration might have been found guilty of wrongdoing. Ironically, no charges were filed that had to do using the allegations of his supposed involvement to detonate a “dirty bomb.” He had been charged with lesser much less specific crimes though Attorney General Ashcroft had stated when he was detained that the evidence against Padilla was overwhelming. Before he was set to stand trial, Padilla’s attorney tried to argue that due to the torture he had been subjected to therefore the amount of time he was detained he had been not mentally competent to face trial. A judge ruled he was eventually found guilty and sentenced to 17 years in prison (Martinez, 2007) that he was competent and.
On Monday April 4th, 2011 the House of Representatives reviewed the Patriot Act and voted to increase it to the 8th of December, giving the energy towards the Federal Bureau of Investigation and several other federal agencies to still use roving wiretaps among other powers that overstep our constitutional rights.