President Donald Trump’s latest judicial nominee for the Federal District Court in Montgomery, AL is somewhat of a head-scratcher.
Brett Talley, 36, who the American Bar Association determined was unqualified for the job, has never even tried a case before and failed to disclose that he’s married to a White House attorney. But he is happy to discuss his experience as a paranormal investigator and writing horror novels.
Talley, who graduated from Harvard Law School in 2007 and is a deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice — headed by former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions — and was previously a deputy solicitor general in the state of Alabama. But among his stranger credentials is the year he spent as part of The Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group in 2009-2010.
In 2014, while working as Senator Rob Portman’s speechwriter, Talley even showed a Washington Post reporter how to hunt for ghosts.
The group’s founder couldn’t remember any times he and Talley had worked on a paranormal case together, but noted that between 85-90 percent of the time, they don’t find any evidence of paranormal activity. Instead, he told The Daily Beast, they stay up all night trying to “see if we can see what’s going on,” usually to “debunk what’s going on.”
Again, this is information Talley felt important to include on his questionnaire for the Senate Judiciary Committee — the same document in which he failed to mention his wife working as a White House attorney as a possible conflict of interest.
In addition to his paranormal credentials, Talley is also a “Lovecraftian” horror writer with somewhat of a following.
“I find it hilarious that no one is writing about his horror writing. He has a cult following.” Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential campaign manager Stuart Stevens told The Daily Beast. “I have to say I wasn’t really aware he was a lawyer as my dealings with him were as a writer on campaign. He’s an interesting, smart guy. But so is Stephen King.”
Talley is perhaps most recognized for his conservative political blogging, having referred to Hillary Clinton as Hillary “Rotten” Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign and the severely pro-gun stance he tookafter the Sandy Hook massacre because of then-President Obama’s desire to reform gun laws.
Talley is awaiting senate confirmation to the bench, having been already approved along party lines by the Senate Judiciary Committee, despite Democrats noting his severe lack of experience.