Joe Biden announces pick for 11 judicial nominees, including first Muslim district judge, three Black women

Joe Biden announced his picks for 11 federal judiciary seats, which includes three Black women and the first Muslim individual to be named to a district court.

The president’s nominations include US District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who was tapped to replace attorney general Merrick Garland on the US appeals court in the District of Columbia circuit.

He also nominated Judge Zahid Quraishi, from New Jersey, to lead a federal district court. Mr Quarishi will be the first Muslim individual named to the position.

Mr Biden reportedly developed his list of nominees based on recommendations from Democratic senators he requested back in December.

“We are particularly focused on nominating individuals whose legal experiences have been historically underrepresented on the federal bench,” he said, “including those who are public defenders, civil rights and legal aid attorneys and those who represent Americans in every walk of life.”

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