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Second Circuit Court Sharply Questions Government Tactics in Terrorism Investigation

The New York Times reports that the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit sharply questioned government tactics in an undercover terrorism investigation that led to the conviction of four men in 2010. The Times reports that Chief Judge Dennis G. Jacobs inquired as follows:

Is there another case that you can talk about where the government’s level of involvement in creating and animating and realizing the offense was so all encompassing?

The four appellants—who are appealing their conviction arguing psychological coercion at the hand of the government—each received 25-year sentences after they were found guilty of conspiring to blow up synagogues in the Bronx and shoot down military aircraft, according to the article.

The Times comments on the timeliness of the issue in light of the recent controversy surrounding government use of informants in sting operations.

 

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