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What makes the Boston bombings a federal case: 'Explosions had substantial impact on interstate and foreign commerce'

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Being really bad doesn’t make a crime federal. The typical murder charge is a state charge. The Boston bombings were a case of Boston residents setting bombs off in Boston. So, what makes the Boston Marathon bombing a federal case? If, like the first World Trade Center bombing, the Boston bombers were shown to be part of an international terrorism organization, executing a terrorist plot...

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