Trump’s nominee to be a federal judge in Alabama has never tried a case in his life.
According to Los Angeles Times, Brett J. Talley was unanimously rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association’s judicial rating committee. He has practiced law for only three years. As a blogger last year, he displayed an alarming degree of partisanship, denouncing “Hillary Rotten Clinton” and voicing support for the NRA.
Here’s the kicker: on Thursday, the Senate Judiciary committee approved Talley on a party-line vote for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench.
“The judge story is an untold story. Nobody wants to talk about it. But when you think of it, Mitch and I were saying, that has consequences 40 years out, depending on the age of the judge – but 40 years out.” – Donald J. Trump
“An Untold Story”
Our president is wholly unfit to be appointing federal judges to the bench. Talley openly identifies with the rhetoric of the far-right. When are we going to collectively realize that “far-right” directly translates to “disdain for human rights”?
Civil rights groups and other advocates are not having Talley’s nomination. They called it “laughable” that none of the Republicans on the Senate committee objected to Talley’s nomination. It is laughable. In fact, it’s infuriating. Talley’s approval says just as much about whether these Republicans are fit to serve as it does Trump.
“He’s practiced law for less than three years and never argued a motion, let alone brought a case. This is the least amount of experience I’ve seen in a judicial nominee.” – Kristine Lucius, executive vice president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
In their delusional quest to stack the bench in Alabama, conservatives are arguing that the ABA’s rating is unfair because the ABA is “a liberal interest group,” and that they have a “long history of giving lower ratings to Republican judges.”
That’s probably because Republican judges can’t seem to separate their politics from the rule of law.
Trump and Mitch McConnell are behind the push to nominate conservative judges. McConnell outright refused to allow a hearing to confirm Judge Merrick Garland, nominated to the Supreme Court by Obama.
Instead, we got Neil Gorsuch, a man who once ruled against a truck driver who almost froze to death after his boss wouldn’t allow him to leave his cargo behind after the brakes on his trailer failed.
If you find yourself with some free time today, give Sen. McConnell a call and let him know how you feel about the work he’s doing.