NY Court ruling limits scope of state terror law

After Robert T. Johnson, the Bronx district attorney, successfully used New York State’s antiterrorism law to prosecute a gang member who had killed a 10-year-old girl in a gun battle, he said the verdict was significant in determining an appropriate punishment for someone who had “snuffed out” the life of an innocent child. But an appeals court disagreed this week, the NY Times reports. The defendant “acted for the purpose of asserting his gang’s dominance over its particular criminal adversaries, namely, members of rival gangs,” a panel of the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. “Such conduct falls within the category of ordinary street crime, not terrorism.”

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