Federal Courts Continue to Take Lead in Counterterrorism Prosecutions [FACT SHEET]

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Federal court convictions of individuals charged with terrorism offenses since 9/11: 494*

Number of district courts where terrorism-related convictions have been secured: 60 

Number of states where terrorism-related convictions have been secured:37**

Courts with most convictions:

  • Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn, Long Island) 49
  • Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit) 45  
  • Southern District of New York (Manhattan, White Plains) 44
  • Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria, Richmond) 35
  • Southern District of Florida (Miami, Ft. Lauderdale) 28

Most common charges and convictions:

  • Terrorism: Providing material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations. Charged: 140 Convicted: 108 
  • Conspiracy: Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud United States.  Charged: 132 Convicted: 86 
  • Racketeering: Laundering of monetary instruments (including subsections).  Charged: 82 Convicted: 38 
  • Fraud and false statements: Statements or entries generally. Charged: 79 Convicted: 53 
  • Terrorism: Providing material support to terrorists Charged: 71Convicted: 68 

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: 14% (67 cases)


*Number is updated through December 31, 2011
**Number includes District of Columbia

Published on July 13, 2012


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