Gov. Christie Nominates 9/11 Attorney to NJ Superior Court

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An Indian-American Muslim attorney who defended more than 30 detainees swept up by law enforcement after 9/11 was nominated to a Superior Court judgeship in New Jersey, reports India West. Sohail Mohammed, 47, was nominated by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. An Indian immigrant, he would, if confirmed, become the second Muslim judge in New Jersy's Superior Court.

Mohammed represented more than 30 detainees who faced deportation after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He trained FBI agents on Islamic cluture and also helped organize a job fair in New Jersey for young Muslims to apply for jobs at law enforcement agencies.

“He has worked really hard to foster trust between American Muslims and law enforcement and to protect the civil rights of our community," said Zahra Billoo, a spokeswoman for the Council on American Islamic Relations.