The United States President Donald Trump on Monday nominated an Indian-American Anuraag Singhal as a federal judge in Florida.
The White House sent Anuraag Singhal’s name among the 17 judiciary nomination to the Senate.
It is likely that the Indian-American would replace James I. Cohn as the US district judge for the southern district of Florida.
Anuraag is the first Indian-American to be nominated for this position in Florida.
Anuraag’s confirmation hearing is scheduled for Wednesday by the senate judiciary committee.
Currently, Anuraag is on the 17th Circuit Court in Florida since 2011.
Indian-American Anuraag Singhal migrated with his parents to the United States in 1960.
His father, who was a research scientist with Exxon, was from Aligarh and his mother was from Dehradun.
The Indian-American completed his studies from the Wake Forest University School of Law and graduated from Rice University.
Anuraag is perhaps best known for representing the infamous Aileen Wuornos, a serial killer who murdered seven men in Florida.
Singhal represented Aileen in a lawsuit where she accused prison guards of “harassing her to death”, reports India West newspaper.
“Aileen was difficult to represent because she had volunteered for the death penalty,” Singhal had told India West in 2012.
“I tried to talk her out of it, get reevaluated. I wanted to keep her from getting executed,” Singhal added.
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