With so many witnesses against him getting virtual get-out-of-jail-free cards, former Panamanian leader Manuel Nori-ega wants to be released after serving 10 years of his 40-year drug-trafficking sentence.

"Clearly political expediency has infected the parole process," Noriega's attorneys claimed in a request for a shorter prison term. "General Noriega is being required to serve two-thirds of his sentence because of who he is."Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, who must prepare a written response to the motion, had no comment Tuesday.