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“Altar Boy” Federal Prosecutor in Brooklyn Behind Many Terrorism Convictions

terrorismJeffrey Hayworth Knox may look like an altar boy, but he’s gone up against some serious evil in the terrorism world and prevailed. William Rashbaum of the New York Times tells us about Knox.

By William Rashbaum
New York Times

In March, the Justice Department released a lengthy list of its successful terrorism prosecutions since 9/11, part of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s response to Republican criticism that the Obama administration had mishandled several international cases by bringing them in the federal courts rather than before military commissions.

But in the political tumult — which included charges that the administration had no stomach for the fight against terrorism and had squandered opportunities to collect valuable intelligence because it was too quick to read suspects their Miranda rights — one aspect of the list attracted little notice: Over the last two years, about one-third of the international terrorism convictions around the nation, and nearly all of those involving the post-9/11 activities of core operatives of Al Qaeda, were won by the United States attorney’s office in Brooklyn.

And all of those cases were supervised, and in many instances handled in court, by one assistant United States attorney: Jeffrey Haworth Knox, a prosecutor who looks like an altar boy, grew up in the conservative environs of Orange County, Calif., and Dallas, and has described himself as a traditional law-and-order Republican.

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