President Barack Obama has nominated a prosecuting attorney to sit on the federal bench in the Northern District of Illinois. Manish Shah's nomination was one of eight announced Thursday by Obama. The 40-year-old Shah has worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Chicago since 2001.
Shah helped prosecute several cases arising out of Chicago's scandal-plagued Hired Truck Program. He currently works as chief of the criminal division and is responsible for supervising prosecutions handled by 130 assistant U.S. attorneys.
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Both Illinois senators back Shah's nomination. Dick Durbin, a Springfield Democrat, says Shah will bring a wealth of knowledge to the federal bench. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, calls Shah the most experienced prosecutor the state has.
The U.S. Senate must vote to confirm the nomination.