Represents Mohammed Hamza Khan, a defendant charged with material support for terrorism for allegedly attempting to provide personnel to ISIS. Khan is accused of attempting to fly from O’Hare to Turkey, where he intended to meet up with a man he thought was a member of Islamic State, who planned to train him and lead him into Syria to join ISIS combat forces.
“’What we don’t seem to understand is that you can’t fight wars in the criminal justice system and that’s what we’re doing…What do you think you’re going to learn warehoused with a bunch of criminals other than criminality, radicalism? Our prisons are a joke,’ Durkin said.”
Bolingbrook Man Sentenced to 40 Months in ISIS Terrorism Case
ABC 7 Chicago, November 18, 2016
Suburban Man in Islamic State Case Gets 40 Months in Prison
NBC 5 Chicago, November 18, 2016
“Defense lawyer Thomas Durkin had argued that individuals such as Khan should not be written off without a second chance for succumbing to adept IS propagandists who wooed them over the internet.
‘Do we give in to the fear that we cannot trust that this kid will ever change?” Durkin said. “I think he deserves a chance.’”
Illinois man gets 3 years for seeking to join Islamic State
Michael Tarm, Associate Press, November 18, 2016
Bolingbrook man given almost 3 1/2 years for bid to join Islamic State
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U.S. teen accused of trying to join ISIS
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Our son was brainwashed by ISIS.
Anderson Cooper, CNN 360, January 15, 2015
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