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May 30, 2017

Federal Courts Continue to Take Lead in Counterterrorism Prosecutions

Federal court convictions of individuals charged with terrorism offenses since 9/11: 627

Number of district courts where terrorism-related convictions have been secured: 63

Number of states where terrorism-related convictions have been secured: 39

Courts with most convictions:

  • Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn, Long Island) 68
  • Southern District of New York (Manhattan, White Plains) 64
  • Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria, Richmond) 52
  • Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit) 45
  • Southern District of Florida (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale) 33

Most common charges and convictions:

  • Terrorism: Providing material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations (18 U.S.C. 2339B). Charged: 204 Convicted: 175
  • Conspiracy: Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States (18 U.S.C. 371). Charged: 164 Convicted: 114
  • Terrorism: Providing material support to terrorists (18 U.S.C. 2339A). Charged: 114 Convicted: 88
  • Fraud and false statements: Statements or entries generally (18 U.S.C. 1001). Charged: 103 Convicted: 71
  • Racketeering: Laundering of monetary instruments (18 U.S.C. 1956). Charged: 76 Convicted: 44

Total number of terrorism-related charges available in federal court:133

Total number of charges available under the Military Commissions Act: 30

Percentage of cases where subject was captured abroad: 17% (108 cases).

 

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