PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Friday, May 3, 2013

Judge Overrules Decision To Release Terror Suspect

Family and supporters of 18-year-old Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, including his father, Ahmad Tounisi, left, leave federal court Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Chicago, after a federal judge agreed to release the Illinois teenager charged with trying to join an al-Qaida-linked militant group in war-torn Syria. (M. Spencer Green/AP)

Family and supporters of 18-year-old Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, including his father, Ahmad Tounisi, left, leave federal court Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Chicago, after a federal judge agreed to release the Illinois teenager charged with trying to join an al-Qaida-linked militant group in war-torn Syria. (M. Spencer Green/AP)

Abdella Ahmad Tounisi of Aurora, Illinois. (Handout photo/Tounisi family)

Abdella Ahmad Tounisi of Aurora, Illinois. (Handout photo/Tounisi family)

A U.S. District judge in Chicago has ordered that 18-year-old Abdella Ahmad Tounisi of Aurora, Illinois, continue to be detained on terrorism-related charges.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang reverses a decision made a day earlier by a magistrate judge to release Tounisi to house arrest, with electronic monitors.

That decision was put on hold yesterday, after prosecutors quickly submitted an appeal.

Chang agreed with prosecutors that the teenager poses a danger and is a flight risk.

Guest:

  • Annie Sweeney, federal courts and crime reporter for the Chicago Tribune. She tweets @Annie1221.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

June 6 Comment

Introducing A New Here & Now Website

Coming June 9, 2016, Here & Now listeners and visitors will experience our stories and journalism online in a whole new way.

June 3 Comment

Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

As the pair toured the museum, they wondered if they could do better. So 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen decided to get creative.

June 3 3 Comments

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author Explores Conformity, Mental Health In New Teen Novel

Matthew Quick published his fourth young adult book, "Every Exquisite Thing," this week.

June 2 13 Comments

Do Meal Kits Provide Great Taste Along With Convenience?

Resident chef Kathy Gunst tested a multitude of meal kits, and gives co-host Jeremy Hobson the inside scoop.