"A Terror Suspect's Best Hope in Court,Wall Street Journal

Mohammed Hamzah Khan received 40 months in prison after he admitted to trying to join the terrorist group Islamic State, far less than the average 15-year sentence imposed in similar cases. The man behind the lenient deal for the 21-year-old from the Chicago suburbs was Thomas A. Durkin, a lawyer who has built his career representing suspected terrorists, white supremacists, child pornographers and other highly unpopular defendants. "He's earned his reputation as a fearless fighter for the underdog," said Thomas Sullivan, a partner as Jenner & Block LLP. "He is blunt and doesn't mind saying what he thinks even though it may get him in trouble."

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