by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A Biden judicial nominee under fire for his work with an anti-Israel think tank has another radical left-wing group on his resume.
Adeel Mangi, President Joe Biden’s nominee for the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, served on the board of the Legal Aid Society of New York from 2017 to 2021. The organization is best known for representing indigent clients in New York City, but it has also been behind campaigns to defund police and shut down U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
In June 2020, the Legal Aid Society urged supporters to “join the movement to #DefundNYPD,” and promoted a “March to Defund the NYPD” rally. In 2021, the Legal Aid Society called on the Biden administration to “end immigration detention” and for a “moratorium” on all deportations for one year. The group helped free hundreds of prisoners from Rikers Island because of the coronavirus pandemic, including a career criminal charged with murdering his girlfriend, and another man who was charged with attempted rape 10 days after the Legal Aid Society secured his release.
Mangi’s affiliation with the left-wing group, which has not been previously reported, could create additional headwinds to his confirmation. Mangi, whom Democrats have touted as the first Muslim nominee for a federal appellate court, squeaked through the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote earlier this month, suggesting he may struggle to win the votes of red- and purple-state Democrats up for reelection this year.
Senate Republicans hammered Mangi during his confirmation hearing last month over his advisory board position at the board of the Rutgers Law School Center for Security, Race and Rights. The group hosted an event on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 that featured convicted terrorist financier Sami al-Arian, and more recently asserted that Israel provoked the Hamas attacks on October 7.