Test your knowledge of the Jose Padilla trial.

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May 18 2007 6:09 PM


Test your knowledge of the Jose Padilla trial.

The Jose Padilla trial opened this week in a Miami courthouse. In all the wild legal hoopla over fired federal prosecutors and Paris Hilton's probation violation, you may not be totally up to speed on the trial of the "known terrorist" at the core of "an unfolding terrorist plot," as then-Attorney General John Ashcroft once described him. But thus far the trial has been one heck of a show, full of intrigue, disguise, and green vegetables. Test your knowledge of it with our handy Padillapalooza quiz.

1. Jose Padilla has been accused by the Bush administration of being:


a) A "known terrorist"
b) The "radioactive dirty bomb" maker
c) A lethal "apartment bomber"
d) All of the above

2. Notwithstanding these terrible crimes, Jose Padilla is currently facing charges of:

a) Violating Chicago's open container law
b)  Eating French fries on the Washington, D.C., subway
c) Conspiring to provide "inchoate" aid to unknown bad guys for an unnamed plot

3. How do you pronounce Padilla, anyhow?

a) Rhymes with "tortilla"
b) Rhymes with "vanilla"
c) First a, then b, then a again

4. The key piece of evidence in the Padilla trial will be:

a) His application to work at a McDonalds in Mumbai
b) His application to attend an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan
c) His application to join Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas

5. Hundreds of hours of taped phone calls between Padilla and his confederates will reveal to jurors that Padilla was zealously engaged in an explicit plot to: