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Sohail Mohammed would be New Jersey’s first Indian-American judge

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New Jersey may see its first Indian-American judge after defense attorney Sohail Mohammed became one of Governor Chris Christie's seven nominees for a Superior Court position.

Mohammed defended more than 30 detainees swept up by law enforcement after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

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. Christie was a regular guest at that group's annual Ramadan dinner and spoke highly of Mohammed's work.

Christie announced the nomination of Mohammed, 47, along with six other nominees for Superior Court judgeships. Mohammed, a defense attorney who emigrated from India at the age of 10 with his parents, would serve in Superior Court in Passaic County.

The New York Times reports Mohammed helped arrange a law enforcement job fair at a Paterson mosque in which young Muslims were encouraged to apply for jobs with law enforcement agencies. The session also featured a question-and-answer session for mosque members with the police and prosecutors. reports Mohammed graduated in 1988 with a degree in electrical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and then worked full-time for GEC-Marconi Electronic Systems while earning his law degree in night school at Seton Hall University's School of Law. Mohammed is also an executive board member of the New Jersey Bar Association.

He was named in 2009 by New Jersey Monthly magazine as one of the 101 most influential people in the state and as a New Jersey "Super Lawyer" for four years, beginning in 2006.

If confirmed, Mohammed will be the first Indian-American judge and the second Muslim judge in New Jersey. Last year, Hani Mawla was confirmed to the bench in Somerset County.

New Jersey has a significant Indian-American population, according to

Mohammed's nomination will next go to the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee, and be approved before it comes for a vote on the Senate floor. Mohammed said his confirmation hearings were theoretically being fast-tracked through the process, but added that he had no idea of the timeline.

Comments (6)
6 Monday, 08 August 2011 10:25
Your numbers are wrong it is 70% Hindu and 30% Muslim. Although all issues cannot be pinned against the muslims, there are key areas like the population overdrive, religion based violence in cities with a larger muslim population that cannot be overlooked. The one issue I have seen is their general lack of respect for secularism; living in a secular country this is not acceptable. On the same lines the number of fundamentalist hindus is a really small contingent despite being a majority, so India would do better if they focussed on helping themselves and the country versus propagating their Shariah and fighting against fellow Indians.
5 Friday, 05 August 2011 20:14
Sohail Mohamed, don't listen to the crazies in American. You go guy, you deserve all the respect
4 Friday, 05 August 2011 19:19
Nina Houari-Tarik
So your few "Indian" friends represent the true facts on behalf of the 1.2 BILLION people in India? Indian Muslims represent about 15% vs. over 80% of Hindus and you're telling us the misery of India is to blame on its 15% muslim population?? Get a life!!
It seems like YOU only know, not all of us who look up facts. YOU only show ignorance and bigotry.
3 Friday, 05 August 2011 15:55
And we all know about the problem that India is having because of its Moslem populace. A lot of my Indian friends privately state that India probably would have been a safer place and an even more dynamic economy if it did not have to deal with the geo-political risk and positions that it is forced to take because of its large Moslem population.
2 Thursday, 04 August 2011 03:44
A heartful felicitation from all of us...
1 Tuesday, 05 July 2011 00:18
I Personally congrats to Mr. Sohail Mohammed who has shown the world what the real muslim means and also proud the Nation (INDIA)

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