Biden Makes History With Controversial Judge Appointment

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( – On Wednesday, President Joe Biden is set to announce the nomination of the first Muslim American judge who would serve in a federal appeals court if confirmed by the Senate.

Adeel A. Mangi, who is set to receive the nomination, has previously served on the board of directors of Muslims for Progressive Values, the Legal Aid Society of New York, and the Muslim Bar Association of New York. He has also been a National LGBT Bar Association ally board member and is a partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, a law firm.

If confirmed, the judge would sit on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which deals with the Virgin Islands, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware and is situated in Philadelphia.

Mangi has previously worked as an attorney on false advertising, consumer protection statutes and commercial contracts and last year secured a $2 billion verdict in a software industry case dealing with theft of trade secrets.

On Wednesday, the White House touted Mangi’s work in handling court filings in both state and federal appeals courts, including in one case representing a multifaith religious coalition before the Supreme Court.

Following the surprise terror attack against Israel on October 7th, and the ensuing Israel-Hamas war, Biden has faced increased pressure to address the threats that both Jews and Muslims across the nation are facing. Many Muslim voters have also expressed frustration over Biden’s showing support to Israel in the war and his refusal to push for a cease-fire.

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