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Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Attempting Offer

United States v. Sabir, No. 07-1968-cr (2d Cir. February 4, 2011) (Winter, Raggi, CJJ, Dearie, DJ)

Rafiq Sabir, an American doctor, was convicted of conspiring to and attempting to provide material support – in the form of his own medical services – to al Qaeda. Sabir raised a multitude of issues on appeal, including a challenge to the constitutionality of the material support statute and complaints about the racial composition of the jury, the trial court’s evidentiary rulings, and the government’s rebuttal summation.

But of particular interest are the opinion’s discussion of sufficiency of his conviction for attempt, an issue that the court does not not often consider in depth, and the diverging views of the two opinions on the issue.

The case against Sabir arose from a terrorism investigation of Sabir’s longtime friend, Tarik Shah, that began in 2001. An FBI CI “Saeed,” cultivated a relationship with Shah, in …

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Monday, October 22nd, 2007


United States v. Gaqliardi, No. 06-4541-cr (2d Cir. October 22, 2007) (Walker, Calabresi, Sack, CJJ).

This case shuts the door on number of common challenges to convictions under 18 U.S.C. § 2422(b), which makes it a crime to entice a minor to engage in an illegal sexual act, or to attempt to do so. In relatively short order, the court held that: (1) because the statute prohibits attempts, it covers sting operations in which there is no minor victim (here the court joins six other circuits); (2) the statute is not vague, in that its various terms – entice, persuade, coerce, etc., – although not defined, are words in common usage that have ordinary meanings (joining five other circuits); (3) the statute does not criminalize speech that is protected First Amendment and hence is not overbroad.

Gagliardi also made some novel arguments, which the court also rejected. The five-year mandatory …

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