Federal prosecutors in Miami have appealed the sentences of Jose Padilla and two other men convicted of conspiring to provide ''material support'' for the global terrorist group al Qaeda.
Prosecutors announced Friday the filing of their appellate notice with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the closely watched terrorism case. Defense lawyers had filed theirs at the beginning of February.
In January, a federal judge rejected prosecutors' bids for life sentences for Padilla and two codefendants, saying their support for Islamic extremists abroad did not call for the severe punishment given to the nation's worst terrorists.
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