GLEN STUBBE, STAR TRIBUNE“Everyone talks about Brussels or Paris having cells,” U.S. District Judge Michael Davis said one day, then, raising his voice: “We have a cell here in Minneapolis.”

GLEN STUBBE, STAR TRIBUNE“Everyone talks about Brussels or Paris having cells,” U.S. District Judge Michael Davis said one day, then, raising his voice: “We have a cell here in Minneapolis.”

"Terrorist Cell is Alive in Minneapolis, U.S. Judge in ISIL Case Says" Minneapolis Star Tribune

In sentencing nine young Somali-Minnesotans on terror conspiracy charges this week, U.S. District Judge Michael Davis closed a chapter in the federal government’s long, extraordinary investigation of ISIL recruitment in Minnesota. His sentencing decisions this week — ranging from time served for one defendant to up to 35 years in prison for another — signal that courts are beginning to figure out how to address terror cases with more nuance, said Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University School of Law.

“It’s not a one-size-fits-all,” she said. “There are ways to distinguish between one defendant and another.”

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