The Republican Senate just approved a Trump nominee who has never tried a case in his life to be a federal judge in Alabama.
Brett J. Talley, 36, has never tried a case, and was unanimously rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Associations judicial rating committee. He’s only practiced law for three years, and has previously ranted on his rightwing blog about “Hillary Rotten Clinton” and his beliefs that Obama’s master plan was “to make guns illegal, in all forms.” He wrote the NRA “stands for all of us now, and I pray that in the coming battle for our rights, they will be victorious.”
On one occasion, in response to a reader who wrote that “we will have to resort to arms” against government officials who go too far in pursuing gun legislation, he wrote “I agree completely with this.”
“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,” said Kristine Lucius, executive vice president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.
Talley’s true qualifications might be found in his new friends within Trump’s Justice Department. Talley has been working in the office that selects judicial nominees for the past year.
Talley is yet another example of Trump’s quest to pack the courts full of young, extreme conservatives who will affect legal decisions in America long after Trump’s administration is over.
“The judge story is an untold story. Nobody wants to talk about it,” Trump bragged last month with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). “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.”
McConnell held 100 seats vacant in the federal courts system during the final two years of President Obama’s term, approving only 22 judges in two years. The Democratic Senate approved 68 judges during that same time period during the Bush administration.
Trump has nominated 59 people to the federal courts in his first year, compared to Obama’s 27 nominations in 2009.