In this courtroom sketch, Cesar Sayoc appears in federal court.
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The package bombs sent to Democrats across the country and the killings of Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue may seem like clear-cut cases of terrorism.In the absence of domestic terrorism laws, the Justice Department relies on other statutes to prosecute ideologically motivated violence by people with no international ties.Prosecutors are treating the synagogue shooting as a hate crime rather than domestic terrorism.Opponents of domestic terrorism laws say prosecutors already have enough tools. Advocates of a domestic terrorism law say without a specific statute, cases that could all be charged under a single law are instead brought under a hodgepodge of others and sometimes prosecuted as state or local terrorism offenses, making it virtually impossible to identify trends, and tally how many domestic terror acts occur in the United States and how they're handled by prosecutors.The Justice Department, acknowledging the homegrown extremism threat, appointed a domestic terrorism counsel in 2015 to coordinate the work of U.S. attorneys.The Justice Department has historically reserved terrorism prosecutions for cases that involve foreign organizations.
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