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Muslim Picked for New Jersey Bench

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TRENTON (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday that one of his seven nominees for Superior Court judgeships would be a lawyer who represented many detainees swept up by the government in the post-9/11 dragnet.

The lawyer, Sohail Mohammed, worked in the aftermath of the attacks to try to foster trust between American Muslims and law enforcement, particularly federal officials. He is a board member of the American Muslim Union. Mr. Christie, a United States attorney, was a regular guest at that group’s annual Ramadan dinner and spoke highly of Mr. Mohammed’s work.

Mr. Mohammed was on former Gov. Jon S. Corzine’s short list of potential judicial appointees, but he was not nominated. He would serve on the court in Passaic County. His appointment requires confirmation by the State Senate.

Mr. Mohammed declined to comment.

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  1. Sorry for the cut and paste, but I summed up Sohail in another post:

    Sohail Mohammed is an unprofessional, poor excuse for a lawyer.

    I was a former client of his from 2001-2005. My ex-family and I are non-Muslim, non religious. He handled my ex-wifes and her mother’s immigration case and botched it up royally by making a novice mistake another lawyer pointed out 4 years later–causing severe stress to our family at the time and years of wasted effort and money by taking the wrong course with USCIS. We just felt like he took our money and didn’t care about non-Muslim clients.

    His secretaries never returned our calls and were rude to us when we visited his offices to demand a meeting after months of ignored appointment requests. I’m willing to bet he hasn’t changed much, since men like him seldom do, and can’t believe he’s getting promoted by Christie.

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