An eleventh co-conspirator is charged in Minnesota, and Jaelyn Delshaun Young’s husband is sentenced in the Northern District of Mississippi.
Latest in Terrorism Trials & Investigations
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.
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.