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.
Latest in Terrorism Trials & Investigations
Last Thursday in the Southern District of Florida, three men from Palm Beach County were charged via complaint with material support to terrorism. While the complaint follows a fairly routine narrative, the story of how the three came to be charged with material support is also fairly unique when considered in the context of recent complaints.
Last Friday, a federal district court in the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced Joseph Hassan Farrokh, a 29-year-old man from Woodbridge, Virginia, to 102 months in prison for attempting to provide material support to ISIL.
An update on two material support cases in California.
In a 20-page opinion, D.C. District Judge Christopher R. Cooper yesterday denied a request by Ahmed Abu Khattala to return to Libya and be spared the death penalty.
Omnibus Bill Creates One Billion Dollar Fund for Victims of Terrorism (and allows up to $250 million to go to their attorneys)
The recently signed Omnibus creates the United States Victims of State Sponsors of Terrorism Fund. It allows victims' attorneys to collect a $250 million dollar windfall, a surprising earmark from a Republican-controlled Congress.
There is a moral logic to what we experience as terrorism and a legal logic to what the law categorizes as terrorism. These questions confuse our political culture because the moral and legal logic don’t map precisely. Here's why that's a good thing.
A recent prosecution presents the question: Does ISIL properly count as al Qaeda, as the administration has claimed in the AUMF context?
The episode tends to illustrate the inevitable tension between ensuring an early-enough intervention to prevent harm and a variety of costs—including lost opportunities for gathering intelligence and building up the prosecution's case, among other things.
I've long been a huge fan of (Retired) Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, not least because his prized possessions include a scorecard from Game 3 of the 1932 World Series--better known to baseball history as the "called shot" game--which he attended, in person, at the age of 12(!).