Material Support/ Thought Crimes Prosecutions

  • U.S. judge orders Florida nightclub shooter’s widow to remain in jail

    Source: Reuters. The widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Florida must remain in jail after prosecutors argued that she was a threat to the community and a flight risk, a U.S. judge on Thursday ordered. The federal judge in Florida stayed another judge’s order issued on Wednesday that would have released Noor Salman, 30, from a California jail. He put the release order on hold pending further arguments in the case.

     
  • Former National Guardsman gets 11 years for trying to aid Islamic State

    Source: Stars and Stripes. Mohamed Bailor Jalloh says he was looking to meet a Muslim wife when he reached out to an Islamic State recruiter he had met overseas. Instead, he agreed to take part in a terrorist attack on American soil. Jalloh, a former National Guardsman, was sentenced Friday to 11 years in prison for attempting to provide support to the Islamic State. Defense lawyer Joseph Flood argued that Jalloh’s behavior sprung not from radical fervor but from heavy drug use and untreated trauma from a childhood marked by rape, war and neglect. The man he thought would help him find a bride, was actually an FBI informant. Flood said that the informant pushed Jalloh toward terrorism.

     
  • Two linked to N.J. friends in ISIS conspiracy plead guilty

    Source: nj.com. Munther Omar Saleh, 21, a former student at an aeronautical engineering college in Queens, and Fareed Mumuni, 22, of Staten Island, admitted to conspiring to provide material support to ISIS, also known as ISIL, and to assault a federal officer. Prosecutors said the two men talked of planting bombs in Times Square, the World Trade Center and the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Queens, where Saleh was then a student. That plot never materialized.

     
  • Arizona man gets 30-year sentence in Texas attack inspired by ISIS

    Source: The New York Times. Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, an American-born Muslim convert was convicted of conspiring to support a foreign terrorist organization, interstate transportation of firearms and other charges. His friends Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi were the only ones killed in the May 2015 shootout outside a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Tex. The authorities said Mr. Kareem had watched videos depicting violence by jihadists with the two friends, encouraged them to carry out a violent attack, and researched travel to the Middle East to join Islamic State fighters. “I had nothing to do with this crime,” Mr. Kareem told the judge. His lawyer acknowledged that his client had associated with people who had radical political views, but underscored that Mr. Kareem was in Arizona at the time of the attack.

     
  • F.B.I. prosecutes domestic violence victim for husband’s crimes

    Source: MLFA. Representatives from Muslim Legal Fund of America, a nonprofit constitutional rights organization, are calling the recent arrest and prosecution of Noor Salman, the battered wife of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooter, a dangerous overreach of prosecutorial powers. According to media reports, the charge of “aiding and abetting” appears to be a result of Salman being in the family car when her husband drove to Orlando and being with her husband when he, a security guard and licensed gun owner, purchased ammunition at Walmart.

     
  • Wife of Orlando gunman is charged under antiterrorism laws

    Source: The New York Times. She fired none of the shots, she was nowhere near the bloody scene, and none of the evidence made public so far hints that she shared her husband’s violent jihadist ideology. Yet Noor Zahi Salman, the widow of the gunman who massacred revelers at an Orlando nightclub, stood before a federal judge on Tuesday as the only person charged in the attack.

     
  • Decades in prison for final 3 sentenced in Minnesota ISIL conspiracy case

    Source: Star Tribune. Seeking to send an emphatic message that there is “no doubt” about the depth of terrorism recruitment in the Twin Cities, a federal judge on Wednesday sentenced the final three of Minnesota’s ISIL conspiracy defendants to the sternest prison sentences yet handed down in a Minnesota terrorism case. Davis concluded three days of hearings by sending defendant Guled Omar to prison for 35 years, and sentencing two others — Mohamed Farah and Abdirahman Daud — to 30 years each. The three were the only defendants to plead not guilty and go to trial, where a jury in June convicted them of charges including conspiracy to commit murder outside the United States. They were also convicted of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the same charge on which six others pleaded guilty and were sentenced this week.

     
  • A radical idea for sentencing terrorism suspects

    Source: Boston Globe. A federal judge in Minnesota is about to hold a series of hearings to determine whether four young supporters of the Islamic State can be deradicalized, a first-of-its-kind review that could change the way federal courts handle terrorism sympathizers, including in Massachusetts, according to legal and counterterrorism analysts. The men have pleaded guilty to conspiring to travel to the Middle East to support the terror group and face 15-year sentences, but the analysis ordered by US District Judge Michael J. Davis could have a say in whether it would be more suitable to supplant some of that prison time with educational programs.

     
  • Judge weighs mental state of terror suspect

    Source: ABC News. U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman will rule this week on the mental fitness of suburban terror suspect Adel Daoud, who has sent the I-Team a new letter asserting his belief the government is composed of aliens. Daoud’s attorneys argue such statements prove the Hillside native should be found unfit for trial. The 21-year-old is charged with plotting to detonate a bomb outside a bar in Chicago’s South Loop. Defense attorneys say Daoud suffers from delusional disorder which worsened in recent months, especially after one of his cellmates at the MCC committed suicide in January. “I think the argument is that he has seriously deteriorated since he’s been in custody. That that deterioration has been since he’s been housing that sp

     
  • Terror suspect says he was paid FBI informant and ‘baffled’ by charges

    Source: The Charlotte Observer. Terror suspect says he was paid FBI informant and ‘baffled’ by charges A Charlotte man accused of recruiting for the Islamic State claims that he worked for years with the FBI to identify potential terrorists. Erick Jamal Hendricks, 35, is charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization. In Hendricks’ case, that group is ISIS.