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ICYMI: Support for Mr. Adeel Mangi's Federal Circuit Court Nomination Continues to Grow Despite Baseless Accusations from Senate Republicans

Law enforcement groups, labor advocates, local and state leaders all endorse the confirmation of Mr. Mangi, who would be the first Muslim-American to serve as a federal appellate court judge

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, law enforcement groups, labor advocates, and local and state leaders have endorsed the confirmation of Mr. Adeel Mangi to serve as a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in New Jersey. Mr. Mangi has been subjected to “scrutiny unlike anything I have ever seen,” as U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on the Senate floor earlier this month.

Despite unequivocally denouncing any acts of antisemitism or bigotry, Mr. Mangi was subjected to irrelevant, combative lines of questioning by multiple Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans about the Israel-Hamas war and was even asked how he celebrated the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Numerous Jewish organizations representing more than one million Jewish Americans have voiced support for his historic nomination – including the American Jewish Committee, the National Council for Jewish Women, and a coalition of 15 Jewish organizations.

Additionally, Mr. Mangi has been subjected to false claims about his association with the Alliance of Families for Justice. Senate Republicans have peddled false assertions that Mr. Mangi represented “cop killers,” when he has never said or written anything that suggests he supports such individuals nor represented or provided legal counsel to anyone accused of killing a police officer. To the contrary, Senate Republicans are creating a double standard on this issue after voting unanimously to confirm multiple judges during the Trump Administration who had personally represented “cop killers.”

These endorsements defend Mr. Mangi’s record and condemn the baseless, blatantly Islamophobic lines of questioning and insinuations by Senate Republicans.

If confirmed, Mr. Mangi would be the first Muslim American to serve as a federal appellate court judge. He was nominated by President Biden on November 15, 2023; had his nomination hearing in Committee on December 13, 2023; and was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 18, 2024.

Read the endorsements of Mr. Mangi’s nomination below:

AFL-CIO | February 27, 2024

“On behalf of the AFL-CIO I write in support of the nomination of Adeel A. Mangi to the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is highly qualified to serve on this court and if confirmed would be the first Muslim to serve as a federal appellate court judge.”

“We were upset and disturbed by some of the questions he was subjected to during his committee

hearing. Nominees should be evaluated based on their intellectual abilities and a review of their legal careers and not based upon their religion”

“Judicial nominees should be reviewed based upon professional credentials, their legal career and

qualifications. Mr. Mangi’s credentials and career demonstrate that he is imminently qualified to be an appellate judge and we urge his quick confirmation.”

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives | February 7, 2024

“Since 1976, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) has served as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action. NOBLE represents over 3,000 members internationally who are primarily African American chief executive officers of law enforcement agencies at federal, state, county, and municipal levels, other law enforcement administrators, and criminal justice practitioners.

“NOBLE writes to support the nomination of Mr. Adeel Mangi to the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals. During Mr. Mangi’s illustrious career as a litigator with Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, he has displayed all the qualities of an excellent judge: sterling credentials, extensive legal experience before trial and appellate courts, leadership within the legal community, and a demonstrated commitment to upholding the highest ethics and fair administration of the law. These qualities have been exhibited countless times by Mr. Mangi, including through his substantial pro bono legal work on behalf of people of all faiths and backgrounds.”

Coalition of Underrepresented Law Enforcement Associations | February 29, 2024

“The Coalition of the Underrepresented Law Enforcement Associations writes today on behalf of our respective organizations which represent law enforcement professionals from around New Jersey and the Nation. Our shared goal is to have a diverse and inclusive law enforcement profession, bridge the bond between law enforcement and the communities we serve, and continue to strive for positive change in our Nation.”

“Mr. Mangi’s professional accomplishments, integrity, and commitment to upholding the Constitution is deeply needed on the federal judiciary. In closing, this correspondence acts as a formal endorsement of Mr. Mangi’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.”

Read local and national coverage defending Mr. Mangi’s nomination below:

New Jersey Star Ledger (Ed. Board): Ugly lies about antisemitism and terrorism: GOP smears NJ judge pick (2/27/2024) US senators’ inquiry about Rutgers law center raises free speech concerns US senators’ inquiry at Rutgers (2/27/2024)

NJ Spotlight News (Benjamin J. Hulac): Through online ads and murky funding, group targets NJ judicial pick (2/23/2024)

Balls and Strikes (Madiba K. Dennie): Let’s Unpack the Latest Islamophobic Smear of Biden Judicial Nominee Adeel Mangi (2/21/2024)

Huffington Post (Jennifer Bendery): 'Disgusting': Dark Money Group Unveils Wildly Islamophobic Ads Against Biden Court Pick (2/16/2024)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Editorial: Western Pa. members of Congress should stop slinging mud against Adeel Mangi (2/12/2024)