Prosecuting Domestic Terrorism as Terrorism
Just Security
August 18, 2017

“On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared that the vehicular attack in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend constitutes ‘domestic terrorism in our statute’” and that the Department of Justice will ‘advance the investigation toward the most serious charges that can be brought.’ The flurry of commentary his statement sparked largely describes the ‘domestic terrorism’ tag as symbolically helpful but practically inconsequential because the designation doesn’t constitute an independent crime or trigger heightened penalties.”

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