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When the plot is foiled, justice can be a tricky matter

Dec 16, 2015 - Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

It's a scenario seen with frightening frequency. An impressionable young man or teen is influenced by outside forces due partly to the convenience and secrecy of the Internet.

Over the course of months, he is persuaded that his mission is to kill. To kill his classmates. To kill his parents. Or perhaps someone thousands of miles away.

By a stroke of luck or due diligence, the young man's plot is foiled, and he is arrested. What happens to him next raises perplexing questions about th...