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Obama nominates first Muslim federal judge



President Barack Obama has nominated a Washington lawyer (with no experience outside the civil law arena and no clerkships) to the US District Court bench, who would become the country’s first Muslim federal judge if he is confirmed.

Islamic terror-tied groups like CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations) hailed the move.

I wonder how this Muslim judge would rule in my First Amendment cases before the Federal court. Would he stand firmly with the freedom of speech enshrined in the First Amendment, or would he defer to his belief system and rules in accordance with the sharia?

By the way, Mr. Abid Riaz Qureshi’s law firm has recently been accused of violating a protective order and used highly confidential documents from a separate case to the detriment of an opponent.

President Obama tosses a symbolic bomb at the Senate, Hannity Forum, September 6, 2016:

At this point in a Presidency, you simply have to troll. That is basically what President Obama just did to the Senate today.

Abid Riaz Qureshi would be the first Muslim United States District Judge. Obviously, the nomination is dead on arrival, even if he wasn’t Muslim, any nomination at this late hour won’t even be considered.

But it clearly has political value and that is why it was made.

Interestingly, Latham & Watkins, Qureshi’s law firm of which he is an equity partner, is the highest grossing law firm in the world. He is very highly regarded as an attorney, He has no experience outside the civil law arena and no clerkships. I generally prefer those with a wider variety of experience.

However, I don’t think the point behind this nomination was to put Qureshi on the bench. Rather, it was designed as a high profile nomination, intended to bring attention to the overall state of nominations in the Senate.

Basically, President Obama is trolling the Senate with this nomination.

Note to Moderators: Both quotes below are courtesy of the White House and as works of the Federal Government, they may be freely quoted as long as attribution is made, which I have done.

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 06, 2016

Presidential Nomination Sent to the Senate

NOMINATION SENT TO THE SENATE: Abid Riaz Qureshi, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, vice Rosemary M. Collyer, retired.

The White House Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 06, 2016

President Obama Nominates Abid Riaz Qureshi to Serve on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama nominated Abid Riaz Qureshi to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. “I am pleased to nominate Mr. Qureshi to serve on the United States District Court bench,” said President Obama. “I am confident he will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice.” Abid Riaz Qureshi: Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia Abid Riaz Qureshi is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where he specializes in cases involving the False Claims Act, health care fraud, and securities violations. Qureshi has spent the entirety of his legal career at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he currently serves as the Global Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, a position he has held since 2012. From 2006 to 2011, he served as Co-Chair of the Litigation Department in the Washington, D.C. office. Qureshi has also served on the District of Columbia Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee since 2015. He received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1997 and his B.A. summa cum laude from Cornell University in 1993.

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