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Lawyers for accused “dirty bomber” Jose Padilla asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to toss his terror support convictions, while prosecutors argued Padilla should have been sentenced to something harsher than 17 years in prison.

Lawyers for Padilla and his co-defendants Adham Hassoun and Kifah Jayyousi argued that the men should get a new trial because, among other mistakes, U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke in Miami should not have allowed an FBI agent inexperienced in terror cases and the Arabic language to testify about the meaning of purported code words in intercepted calls.

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