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Christopher Cornell, 22, pleaded guilty in August to attempted murder of U.S. officials and employees, offering material support to a terrorist organization and a firearms charge. A fourth charge, solicitation to commit a crime of violence, was dropped.

Cornell appeared in federal court on Monday and was sentenced to 30 years in prison and lifetime supervised release for plotting, planning and attempting an attack on government officials during the State of the Union Address in 2015 in the name of ISIL.

After Senior U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith handed down the sentence, Cornell spoke out in court saying, "Don't trust the court system; it's rigged."  Federal security led him quickly from the courtroom.  Cornell added either "The law is in charge" or "Allah is in charge, not this judge."

Read more: WLWT (Cincinnati)

A 37-year-old Brooklyn resident is facing terror charges after he allegedly expressed support for a truck attack in Times Square similar to one ISIS claimed responsibility for in Nice, France.

As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported, the federal criminal complaint was issued Monday against Mohamed Rafik Naji, 37 – a citizen of Yemen, but a permanent legal resident of the U.S.

Naji was awoken and arrested at 3 a.m. Monday at his home somewhere in Brooklyn, authorities said. He appeared in U.S. District Court in Downtown Brooklyn for an initial hearing Tuesday afternoon.

Read more: CBS New York

A federal judge has sentenced a Minnesota man who was part of a conspiracy to join the Islamic State group in Syria to 10 years in prison.

Zacharia Abdurahman (ab-dur-ah-mahn) drew the harshest sentence of the three defendants who appeared before U.S. District Judge Michael Davis in Minneapolis on Monday. While Abdurahman pleaded guilty, he did not cooperate with the government against the other members of what Davis called a "terrorist cell."

Read more: AP

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man accused of carrying out bombings in New York City and in New Jersey in September, will make his first court appearance in Manhattan on Thursday, a federal court spokesman said.

Mr. Rahami will appear in United States District Court to face federal charges related to the bombings; he was arraigned in New Jersey last month on charges related to the attempted murder of police officers who had tracked him down in Linden, N.J.

Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, said on Thursday morning that Mr. Rahami “was brought today to Manhattan to face terrorism charges.”

Read more: New York Times

Police from Portugal's National Anti-Terrorism Unit arrested 20 ultra-nationalists on Tuesday in an operation that involved searches across the country as part of an investigation into attempted murder and other hate crimes.  The Lisbon District Prosecutor's office said in a statement those detained were part of the Hammerskin Nation, a neo-Nazi skinhead group based in the U.S. city of Dallas. "In our country they seek, among other things, to expel and prevent the entry of all ethnic minorities to Portugal," it said.  The Portuguese Hammerskin group could not immediately be contacted for comment.

The crimes being investigated took place between 2013 and 2015 and include at least one attempted murder, robbery, and religious and sexual discrimination, prosecutors said.  Police said some of those detained were suspected of involvement in an attack on a group of anti-fascist communist activists in September 2015 following an anti-immigration rally in downtown Lisbon staged by ultra-nationalist groups.

Read more: Reuters