A 36-year-old lawyer who has never tried a case and who was unanimously deemed “not qualified” by the American Bar Association has been approved for a lifetime federal district judgeship by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The lawyer, Brett Talley, is the fourth judicial nominee under President Trump to receive a “not qualified” rating from the bar association and the second to receive the rating unanimously. Since 1989, the association has unanimously rated only two other judicial nominees as not qualified.
The Senate committee’s vote on Thursday to approve Mr. Talley, who graduated from Harvard Law School in 2007 and is a deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department, fell along party lines; Republican members outnumber Democrats on the committee 11 to nine. Mr. Talley will now face a full vote in the Senate. If confirmed, he would serve as a trial judge in his home state of Alabama.
Deputy Assistant Attorney Generals try cases. They do not judge cases. Headlines are either millennial “look at me! Look at me!” disingenuous or bad editor copy writing.
To suggest the ABA is impartial or non-political is also disingenuous.
Happens all the time. See SCOTUS Associate Justice Elena Kagen. President Obama appointed and Democratic Congress approved. There are other examples in the lower Federal Court.
Yeah. I know. Double standards. Might be fun. A Yankee in Alabama’s court.