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Following the breach of the U.S. Capital on Jan. 5, 2021, many commentators have begun discussing legal terms such as sedition, insurrection, and terrorism in describing events that took place and the charges individuals who participated may face. The following materials provide additional information and insight on the legal aspects of these concepts.
Press and Speech under Assault by
Call Number: KF9397.A3281798 B57 2016
Publication Date: 2016
A review of the legal history of sedition in the U.S. from the perspective of the Supreme Court.
Freedom of Speech and Incitement Against Democracy by
Call Number: JC591 .F78 2000
Publication Date: 2000
Leading scholars of constitutional law, human rights and criminal law, from various countries with divergent philosophies on freedom of speech, address the question of whether we can, and should, regulate speech in order to protect democracy and, if so, how.
Insurrection Act of 1807
The Jan. 5, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol has been described by some as insurrection. The original text of the Act is available through HeinOnline. [Use Proxy access off-campus & log in with ULink credentials.]
Terrorism As Crime by
Call Number: HV6431 .H364 2007
Publication Date: 2007
Car bombing, suicide bombing, abduction, smuggling, homicide, and hijacking are all profoundly criminal acts. In Terrorism as Crime Mark S. Hamm presents an understanding of terrorism from a criminological point of view.
Criminal prosecutions in the District of Columbia are complicated. Misdemeanors are prosecuted by D.C. officials but federal attorneys prosecute felonies, like the probable murder of a Capitol Police officer. However, when assistant U.S. district attorneys decide which crimes to file against alleged offenders, they can choose to charge either federal crimes (from the U.S. Code) or felonies as outlined in the D.C. Code.