Terrorism Past & Future: A Perspective from the Federal Courts




Panelists included Vincent Briccetti, Justine Harris, Marshall Miller, John Miller, and David Raskin.


Since the September 11 attacks, prosecutions of terrorism cases have ranged from the generally celebrated conviction of 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui in 2006 to the 2010 trial of four men sentenced for an attempted attack on a Bronx synagogue- a case fraught with accusations of FBI entrapment.

What lessons have federal practitioners learned about prosecuting terror crimes? Have federal prosecutors of terror suspects refined the notion of a terror crime? What is the future of terror investigations and terror charging in the U.S.? Can lessons learned in international terror prosecutions be applied to recent rash of "domestic terror" violence?

On September 27, 2012, the Center hosted a panel of government and legal professionals to discuss these and other federal terrorism cases and the implications they have for the future of terror investigations and terror charging in the United States. The event drew an audience of more than 150 to Fordham Law's McNally Amphitheatre.



Vincent Briccetti is a Fordham Law alumnus '80, and a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. In 2011, Judge Briccetti received the David S. Michaels Award for Courageous Efforts in Promoting Integrity of the Criminal Justice System, from the New York State Bar Association. He is also a recipient of the Governor Malcolm Wilson Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Fordham Law Alumni Association, Westchester-Putnam Chapter.

Justine Harris is a partner at Colson & Harris LLP. From 2001 to 2010, she was an assistant federal defender at the Federal Defenders' office for the Eastern District of New York, where she was lead counsel on hundreds of criminal cases in federal court. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Harvard College.

Marshall Miller is a senior fellow at New York University's Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement. He is assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York and adjunct professor of national security at Fordham Law. In 2009, Miller was recognized for the most outstanding performance by an AUSA at the Department of Justice by the National Association of Former United States Attorneys. 

John Miller is the prominent former senior correspondent for CBS News known for his ability to leverage his law-enforcement and national security contacts for big news stories, In 2013, he left CBS News to work in counter-terrorism for the New York Police Department.

David Raskin is a partner at Clifford Chance and former leading terrorism prosecutor for the Southern District of New York. He represents institutions and individuals in white-collar and regulatory matters, including investigations and litigation involving the U.S. DOJ, SEC, CFTC, and other federal, state, and local agencies.