MIDWEST OFFICES – Through the ACLU, we were asked to handle a denaturalization action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. We unfortunately are not in a position to help, but we have worked closely with this ACLU lawyer and would love to help the matter find a good home.
 
The matter would be for Iyman Faris, a naturalized U.S. citizen who pled guilty to terrorism charges in ED VA in April 2003 and was serving 20 years in a federal prison in Illinois. The ACLU notes that the denaturalization action reflects a broader trend it has seen in government efforts to strip individuals of their citizenship, either as a de facto additional punishment for crimes for which they’ve already been sentenced, or as an additional law enforcement tool that by definition applies only to those not born in the United States. ACLU helped Mr. Faris line up a criminal defense attorney, Tom Durkin, who is handling on a pro bono basis.
 
The government recently moved for summary judgment (Politico article for background). The ACLU is asking on behalf of Tom Durkin for a firm with civil litigation experience to help Tom with the opposition. The current deadline is June 23, but ACLU thinks there is a good chance the court would agree to an extension for new pro bono counsel to assist.
 
If you are interested, please contact Hugh Handeyside ([email protected]).