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US appoints first muslim woman as federal judge

Nusrat Choudhry, a prominent civil rights lawyer, is appointed as a federal judge in New York.

New York, 17 June, 2023 (GNP): Nusrat Jahan Choudhury, a distinguished civil rights attorney, is appointed as a federal judge by the senate in New York on Thursday. She is the first female Muslim American and the first Bangladeshi American to achieve this esteemed position in the US.

Her appointment was confirmed by the Senate in a 50-49 party-line vote, solidifying her lifetime tenure on the federal bench in Brooklyn, New York.

Moreover, Nusrat Choudhury’s appointment has received widespread acclaim, recognizing her exceptional expertise in civil rights law.

Judge Nusrat Choudhury, who handled more than two dozen federal cases as a lawyer, is currently serving as the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois since January 2020.

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The ACLU has also commended Nusrat Choudhry’s excellent career as “marked by her professionalism and undying commitment to advancing and protecting civil liberties,” said Colleen Connell, the executive director of the ACLU.

In addition, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, has recommended her name for the judgeship. Schumer applauded her on the Senate floor praising her as “a shining example of the American dream.” He also highlighted her educational background and her commitment to standing for justice.

Despite her commendable victory Senator Joe Manchin, is the lone Democrat to vote against Judge Nusrat Choudhry, stating that he was skeptical of her impartiality towards law enforcement officials. Nonetheless, the majority vote solidified her appointment and supported her to make history.