4/16/10

Is Robert S. Khuzami Jewish?

Apparently no, Robert S. Khuzami is not a Jew.

Among his many accomplishments, during his legal career he prosecuted the terrorist organization responsible for the assassination of Jewish Defense League founder Meir Kahane.

The Securities and Exchange Commission on 2/19/2009 named Khuzami its new enforcement chief. He handles cases of financial fraud. Last year we wished him the best of luck in his new position. Now he is the subject of a Times article about his enforcement team, "S.E.C. Enforcers Focus on Avoiding Madoff Repeat."

We are assuming that Mr. Khuzami is a from Lebanese Christian roots, based on his father's last name and on the Times' notice that Mr. Khuzami's marriage took place in 1995, in a church in Maine,
Leslie Ruggles Romoser, an interior designer, is to be married today to Robert S. Khuzami, an assistant United States attorney. The Rev. John Widdows, an Episcopal priest, is to officiate at the Old Spurwink Church in Cape Elizabeth, Me.

The bride, 29, graduated from the Parsons School of Design and works in New York. She is a daughter of Robert A. S. Romoser of New Buffalo, Mich., and the late Jean R. Romoser.

The bridegroom, 39, works in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. He graduated from the University of Rochester and received his law degree from Boston University. He is a son of Adele L. Khuzami of Henrietta, N.Y., and the late Victor Khuzami.
More about Mr. Khuzami's impressive credentials from ET:
Besides leading several major financial fraud cases, Khuzami also prosecuted the "Blind Sheik" Omar Ahmed Ali Abdel Rahman in what was then the largest terrorism trial in U.S. history following the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York. Ten defendants were convicted of operating a terrorist organization responsible for the bombing, the assassination of Jewish Defense League founder Meir Kahane, and planning bomb attacks on law enforcement and other high-profile targets.

In a speech at the 2004 Republican National Convention, Khuzami praised then-President George W. Bush for his handling of the war on terror.

"We will have the leadership that will continue to protect both our lives and our liberties" by re-electing him, said Khuzami, who also made campaign donations to Republican Sen. John McCain.

Democratic lawmakers, however, have not publicly criticized the choice of Khuzami as SEC enforcement chief since his name was floated early last week.

Before becoming a government prosecutor, Khuzami was a law clerk for U.S. Appeals Court Judge John R. Gibson in Kansas City, Mo. He received a law degree from Boston University School of Law, and graduated from the University of Rochester. Besides leading several major financial fraud cases, Khuzami also prosecuted the "Blind Sheik" Omar Ahmed Ali Abdel Rahman in what was then the largest terrorism trial in U.S. history following the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York. Ten defendants were convicted of operating a terrorist organization responsible for the bombing, the assassination of Jewish Defense League founder Meir Kahane, and planning bomb attacks on law enforcement and other high-profile targets.

In a speech at the 2004 Republican National Convention, Khuzami praised then-President George W. Bush for his handling of the war on terror.

"We will have the leadership that will continue to protect both our lives and our liberties" by re-electing him, said Khuzami, who also made campaign donations to Republican Sen. John McCain.

Democratic lawmakers, however, have not publicly criticized the choice of Khuzami as SEC enforcement chief since his name was floated early last week.

Before becoming a government prosecutor, Khuzami was a law clerk for U.S. Appeals Court Judge John R. Gibson in Kansas City, Mo. He received a law degree from Boston University School of Law, and graduated from the University of Rochester.

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