Senate confirms first federal Muslim decide in U.S. historical past By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Zahid N. Quraishi, nominee to be a U.S. District Choose for the District of New Jersey, testifies earlier than a Senate Judiciary Committee listening to on pending judicial nominations on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 28, 2021. Tom Williams/Pool

By Daniel Wiessner

(Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Thursday authorised President Joe Biden’s nomination of Zahid Quraishi, a Justice of the Peace decide in New Jersey, to the federal bench, making him the primary Muslim federal decide in U.S. historical past.

The Democrat-controlled Senate voted 81-16 to substantiate Quraishi, 46, who’s the son of Pakistani immigrants and a former federal and navy prosecutor.

Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer of New York famous on the Senate flooring that whereas Islam is the third-largest faith within the U.S., no Muslim has ever served on the federal bench.

“We should increase not solely demographic variety however skilled variety, and I do know that President Biden agrees with me on this and this can be one thing that I’ll got down to do,” Schumer mentioned.

Quraishi couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.

Earlier than being appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 2019, which didn’t require Senate affirmation, Quraishi was a associate within the white collar prison protection apply of New Jersey regulation agency Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti.

He had beforehand labored as an assistant U.S. lawyer, assistant chief counsel with the Division of Homeland Safety, and a prosecutor with the U.S. Military Choose Advocate Normal’s Corps. Quraishi served two excursions with the Military in Iraq, in 2004 and 2006.

The Senate on Thursday additionally voted 52-46 to raise U.S. District Choose Ketanji Brown Jackson of the District of Columbia to the U.S. Courtroom of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Jackson, whose report on the bench was criticized by some Republicans, is extensively thought of a contender for any U.S. Supreme Courtroom emptiness that arises through the Biden administration.

Quraishi and Jackson have been nominated in March together with a various slate of 9 different candidates that included a number of ladies and Black and Asian-American nominees. The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the primary two Biden-appointed judges to the bench in New Jersey and Colorado.

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