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Notable Cases

United States v. Daoud, 12 CR 723, 13 CR 703, 15 CR 487 (N.D. Ill.)

Obtained the first order in the history of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) from a Federal District court that authorized defense counsel to review a FISA application. The government appealed, and the Seventh Circuit ultimately reversed the District Court’s order. United States v. Daoud, 755 F.3d 479 (7th Cir. 2014). Then, following seven years of litigation, helped obtain a sentence of 16 years after client was convicted of multiple offenses, including attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, murder-for-hire, and assault with the intent to commit murder.

United States v. Berger, 18 CR 873 (N.D. Ill.)

Secured full acquittal of client after jury trial in federal criminal case charging client with four counts of transmitting interstate threats to injure another person in violation of 18 U.S.C. §875(c) and one count of threatening to assault and murder Federal law enforcement officers in violation of 18 U.S.C. §115(a)(1)(B). The charges all related to alleged threats made to FBI agents and employees.

People v. Chase, et al., 12 CR 10985 (Circuit Court of Cook County)

Part of defense team that obtained acquittal of all state terrorism charges brought in Illinois state court arising out of prosecution of protestors from the NATO 2012 demonstrations in Chicago. The terrorism charges brought under Illinois state law were novel and presented many issues of first impression. The jury acquitted our client and his two-codefendants of all terrorism charges.

United States v. Al-Jayab, 16 CR 181 (N.D. Ill.)

Obtained a sentence of five years for client who was convicted of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization and knowingly providing a materially false statement to federal agents in a matter involving international terrorism after raising combatant immunity defense.

United States v. Wanjiku, 16 CR 296 (N.D. Ill.)

Litigated at suppression hearing controversial “border search doctrine” used by the government and Customs and Border Patrol to routinely conduct warrantless searches of individuals’ digital devices at international borders, including airports. The Seventh Circuit affirmed denial of motion to suppress after a sentence of five years (the mandatory minimum) was obtained on serious charges.

City of Chicago v. Tieg Alexander, et al., No. 11 MC1 23771801 (Occupy Chicago)

Defended Occupy Chicago demonstrators from the Cook County Circuit Courts to the Illinois Supreme Court who were arrested by Chicago Police in 2011, and argued that the arrests violated the demonstrators’ First Amendment constitutional rights.

United States v. Aurelio, 15 CR 385 (N.D. Ill.)

Won Compassionate Relase under 18 U.S.C. §3582 for client who had served approximately half of his sentence in light of COVID-19 pandemic.

United States v. Khellil, 08 CR 411 (N.D. Ill.)

Secured post-trial judgment of acquittal after jury found client guilty of making false statements in connection with immigration documents.

United States v. Kubly, 558 F.3d 630 (7th Cir. 2009)

Secured reversal of money laundering conviction in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
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