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President Obama taps first Muslim to become federal judge in nation’s history

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President Obama began his push for judicial appointments by nominating a Muslim for the first time to serve as a federal judge.

Abid Riaz Qureshi was nominated by Obama on Tuesday to the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C. A partner in a Washington law firm, specializing in False Claims Act cases, healthcare fraud and securities violations, Qureshi is the first Muslim nominated to the federal bench, The Washington Examiner reported. He is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins LLP.

“I am pleased to nominate Mr. Qureshi to serve on the United States District Court bench,” Obama said in a statement. “I am confident he will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice.”

Not surprisingly, the left celebrated.

“I commend President Obama for taking this important step in continuing to pick the best and brightest from every community to serve as part of our nation’s judiciary,” executive director of Muslim Advocates, Farhana Khera, said. “A judiciary that reflects the rich diversity of our nation helps ensure the fair and just administration of the law.”

Apparently, the Obama nominee was involved in lifting a temporary ban of Muslim posters in New York City last year.

According to Muslim Advocates:

Latham & Watkins LLP and Muslim Advocates serve as co-counsel in the lawsuit filed on behalf of VQP, which is an award-winning video production company based in New York, NY. VQP makes viral video campaigns, TV and web shows, as well as narrative and documentary features, and specializes in comedy.


Qureshi’s nomination came after a seven week Congressional recess as Obama seeks to fill hundreds of court vacancies, including pushing forward with Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

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