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Professor Larson Comments for NBC on Terrorism Prosecution

Professor Carlton Larson commented for NBC News on whether Sayfullo Saipov, who is accused of killing eight people and injuring others in a recent terror attack in New York City, should be classified as an enemy combatant. Such a classification would allow authorities to detain Saipov without trial and without the rights granted to civilians, but would also unnecessarily complicate the prosecution, according to Professor Larson.

"If he doesn’t die, he’ll be tried in New York and most certainly be convicted, so I don’t see a huge benefit to doing the enemy combatant thing," Larson said. Such a classification "would be legally troublesome and drag this thing out a lot more when you really just want to send this guy to jail."

Carlton Larson's research interests focus on constitutional law and legal history, with a strong emphasis on the 18th century.