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On Halloween in 2017, Sayfullo Saipov drove a large truck into dozens of people on the cycling and pedestrian pathway near the West Side Highway in Manhattan, causing eight deaths and numerous injuries. Saipov was allegedly acting on behalf of the Islamic State (“ISIS”), and the Southern District of New York charged him with twenty-eight counts, including murder and attempted murder in aid of racketeering and provision of material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, among other included charges. Saipov, a citizen of Uzbekistan, was found guilty by the American jury on all counts during the guilt phase of his trial. In the upcoming sentencing phase (poised to begin on February 6), a jury will deliberate on whether or not to impose the death penalty on Sayfullo Saipov.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo International & Comparative Law Review on March 27, 2023. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.