McGeorge School of Law

Young Lawyer Gets First Big Test During Federal Terrorism Trial

April 3, 2006

Published: DON THOMPSON
Associated Press

It was a Sunday last June when leaders from Lodi's Pakistani community paid a frantic visit to Basim Elkarra, executive director of the Sacramento area's Council on American-Islamic Relations.

FBI agents had been interrogating a father and son from the Central Valley agricultural town who they suspected were lying about the younger man's attendance at an al-Qaida training camp in Pakistan. They needed a criminal lawyer for the men, and Elkarra wasn't sure.