1970 - Jose Padilla, born on the 18th of October in in Brooklyn, New York, but later moved to Chicago, Illinois where he joined the Maniac Latin Disciples street gang and was arrested several times.
1984 - At 14, he was involved in a murder when he and a friend attacked and robbed three members of a rival gang.
1991 - He was involved in a road rage incident, firing a .38-caliber revolver at another driver and, when confronted by police, trying to pull the gun on them. For this, he spent ten months in jail, where he got into at least one fist fight with guards.
2002 - He was arrested in Chicago on the 8th of May, and a month later Attorney General John Ashcroft held a nationally-televised press conference announcing his arrest.
2003 - In December, a panel of three federal judges ordered that he must be formally charged with a crime, or else be released.
2005 - In September, the US Court of Appeals reiterated that the President can order citizens held without trial, but two months later, apparently to avoid an appeal to the Supreme Court, the government finally pressed charges against him.
2007 - His trial is expected to begin in April.
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