CHICAGO (CBS) — A Bolingbrook teenager accused of trying to travel to Syria to join ISIS terrorists must wait a couple more weeks before finding out if he’ll be allowed out of a federal lockup.
WBBM Newsradio’s Cisco Cotto reports, as family members looked on, 19-year-old Mohammed Hamzah Khan stood before U.S. District Judge Susan Cox, hoping she would allow him to post bail to go free while he awaits trial on a charge of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
However, Cox postponed a ruling until Oct. 21, while federal prosecutors and defense attorney Tom Durkin debate whether certain documents in the case should be sealed from public view.
Durkin said all the documents in the case should be presented in open court.
“Some people think I may be overreacting, but that’s my job. My job is to protect the Constitution, and my job is to protect the rule of law, and both of those won today,” he said.
Federal prosecutors said sensitive information about minors is included in the documents it wants sealed, and their identities should be protected.
Durkin said, sealed or not, evidence in the case would show Khan didn’t do what prosecutors claim.
“I think the evidence will show that he’s a very sincere and dedicated person, but I don’t think it’s going to show that he was providing material support to terrorists,” he said.