Judge Michael Mukasey an Orthodox Jew who sat on the federal bench for 18 years in the S.D. New York and 6 of those years as Chief Judge, has been nominated by President Bush to serve as the 81st Attorney General of the United States.
Judge Mukasey graduated in 1959 from Ramaz Sschool, a modern Orthodox prep school in Manhattan and from there graduated from Columbia before attending Yale Law School and graduating in 1967
In 1987 Judge Mukasey was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to the federal bench in New York, serving honorably until his retirement in 2006 During his tenure he presided over the criminal case of Islamic Terrorist Thugs Omar Abdel Rahman & El Sayyid Nosair whom he sentenced to life in prison for conspiring to blow up the United Nations and other NYC landmarks uncovered during the investigation of the 1993 WTC Bombing.
Andrew Ceresney who worked as a Law Clerk for the Jurist said, "...the ex-judge could improve morale in the Justice Department because of his independent streak...he will not be afraid to take positions over fear it will hurt him down the road. When your a judge, you make the decisions. That instills in you an independence that he is not going to lose by virtue of this appointment."
Judge Mukasey enjoys wide bi-partisan support, in June, 2003 Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) submitted the Jurist name to the White House for consideration to the U.S. Supreme Court.