The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled yesterday, for what it said was the first time, that American courts have jurisdiction over prosecutions generated by a sting orchestrated abroad that allegedly implicates terrorists intent on harming U.S. citizens or targets.

The Second Circuit, in a decision by Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs, determined that the actual location where a conspiracy is hatched is “irrelevant to the sufficiency” of the evidence that a crime has been committed in the United States as long as the intended victims of the terrorism are Americans.

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