Terrorism Trials & Investigations

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Terrorism is increasingly complicating the traditional dichotomy between criminal conduct and acts of war. More than ever, policymakers, legal scholars and the public are debating the appropriate roles for civil and military actors in investigating and prosecuting terrorists and terrorism. Today, the United States continues to grapple with a range of dilemmas, from the proper forum for prosecution to the extent of the rights accused. Should accused terrorists be tried by a civilian jury or military commission? Should they be read their Miranda rights? Should their defense attorneys be permitted to review the evidence against their clients?

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More ISIL Cases: A Cop Gets Arrested and an Ohio Man Pleads Guilty

This week, the FBI arrested a 36-year-old transit police officer on charges of attempting to provide material support to ISIL. Meanwhile, earlier in the week and halfway across the country in a federal court in the Southern District of Ohio, 22 year-old Christopher Cornell pleaded guilty to trying to kill government employees.

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