Charlottesville Car Crash Attack: Possibility of Federal Criminal Prosecution [August 15, 2017]   [open pdf - 126KB]

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced a federal civil rights investigation into the incident in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which a woman was killed and several others were injured when a car plowed into a group of counterprotesters on a day when protesters had clashed with participants in a white supremacist rally. Virginia authorities have arrested the Ohio driver of the car and charged him with second degree murder, a crime punishable under Virginia law by imprisonment for not less than five or more than forty years. For both constitutional and practical reasons, law enforcement is first and foremost a state responsibility. Nevertheless, the protection of civil rights has been thought to be an important federal concern. It's too early to tell what, if any, prosecutable federal offenses the Justice Department's investigation might discover. However, various civil rights and terrorist offenses may be implicated."

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CRS Legal Sidebar, August 15, 2017
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