During his tenure as a federal judge, Mukasey presided over the terrorism trial of Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, also known as the "Blind Sheik," who was convicted of plotting to attack landmarks in New York. He also oversaw some of the original proceedings in the case against Padilla.
In addition to Mukasey, former Attorney General and Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh; Chuck Canterbury, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, an organization that has endorsed Mukasey's nomination; and Mary Jo White, a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, are scheduled to testify at the hearings.
They will be joined by law professor and former Justice Department Deputy Assistant Attorney General Dawn Johnsen; Theodore Shaw, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; and former Navy Judge Advocate General Rear Adm. John D. Hutson (Ret.).