Skip to main content
Please enter a legal issue and/or a location
Begin typing to search, use arrow keys to navigate, use enter to select

Find a Lawyer

More Options

Court Stops Deportation of Ex-Terrorist

By William Vogeler, Esq. on September 19, 2018 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Mohammed Khalid was the youngest person ever prosecuted on terrorism charges in the United States.

He started engaging in radical Islamic chat rooms when he was 15 from his family's apartment in Baltimore. He was arrested when he was 17 and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to support terrorists.

In Kahlid v. Sessions, authorities wanted to deport the young man. The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals had different ideas for him.

"Sneaking Violence"

Writing for the appeals court, Judge Christopher Droney said Khalid was entitled to citizenship because he was underage at the time. While he was in juvenile detention, his father naturalized.

It was a remarkable turnaround, given four other courts had ruled against him. It was not especially easy for the Second Circuit either.

Judge Dennis Jacob wrote separately to say he could not congratulate Kahlid because he "plotted sneaking violence against Americans."

"He cooperated with the authorities only when, having been caught, he found himself needing another kind of refuge," Jacobs said.

"No Continuing Threat"

In a footnote, the Second Circuit said the government had no information that Khalid was a continuing threat.

Wayne Sachs, his lawyer, told the Herald Whig that the judges "properly focused on the law rather than the petitioner's 'notoriety.'"

Kahlid was sentenced to five years in prison, and completed his sentence in 2015. He is now a college student studying cybersecurity.

Related Resources:

You Don’t Have To Solve This on Your Own – Get a Lawyer’s Help

Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.

Or contact an attorney near you:
Copied to clipboard