Michael B. Mukasey
-- July 28, 1941, in the Bronx, N.Y.
-- Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb and Tyler law firm in New York, returning to the firm where he previously worked for 12 years.
--From 1988 to 2006, he was a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (serving as chief judge from 2000 to 2006), after he was nominated to the post by President Ronald Reagan.
-- From 1972 to 1976, was an assistant U.S. attorney in Manhattan, eventually heading its corruption unit.
-- A.B., Columbia University; L.L.B., Yale Law School.
-- Orthodox Jew
-- Presided over the 1995 trial of 10 suspects, including Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, regarding a plot to blow up the United Nations and other New York buildings. The men were convicted, and Mukasey sentenced Rahman to life in prison and his co-defendants to 25 years to life.
-- Issued the first rulings in the "enemy combatant" prosecution of Jose Padilla, in which he ordered that Padilla, a U.S. citizen, must be allowed to meet with his attorneys and decided that President Bush had the ability to hold Padilla indefinitely without charges. The latter ruling was later reversed on appeal.