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February 14, 2018

Federal Courts Continue to Take Lead in Counterterrorism Prosecutions

Number of individuals convicted of terrorism-related offenses in federal courts since 9/11: 668

Number of district courts where terrorism-related convictions have been secured: 67

Number of states where terrorism-related convictions have been secured: 40

Courts with most convictions:

  • Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn, Long Island) 69
  • Southern District of New York (Manhattan, White Plains) 65
  • Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria, Richmond) 59
  • Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit) 46
  • Southern District of Florida (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale) 33
  • District of Minnesota: 33

Most common charges and convictions (individuals may be charged and convicted of more than one crime and may be counted multiple times below):

  • Terrorism: Providing material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations (18 U.S.C. 2339B). Individuals charged: 237 Individuals convicted: 205
  • Conspiracy: Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States (18 U.S.C. 371). Individuals charged: 167 Individuals convicted: 116
  • Terrorism: Providing material support to terrorists (18 U.S.C. 2339A). Individuals charged: 117 Individuals convicted: 90
  • Fraud and false statements: Statements or entries generally (18 U.S.C. 1001). Individuals charged: 112 Individuals convicted: 77
  • Racketeering: Laundering of monetary instruments (18 U.S.C. 1956). Individuals charged: 76 Individuals 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 convictions in which subject was captured abroad: 17% (113 individuals).

 

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