The American Bar Association has conducted an evaluation of Brett Talley, President Donald Trump‘s pick for U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama, finding the current Justice Department lawyer to be unqualified for the position.
The ABA rating system for judicial nominees offers three possible outcomes: Qualified, Well Qualified, or Not Qualified, and Talley is the fourth Trump nominee to get that outcome. The ABA did not disclose their committee’s reasoning for declaring Talley Not Qualified, but the decision was unanimous.
In late October, the committee unanimously declared Leonard Steven Grasz unqualified, citing what they believed to be a conservative social agenda that would cloud his judgment on the bench. Talley is also a known conservative, who has been an outspoken critic of gun control legislation and a supporter of the NRA.
Majority decisions from the ABA committee also reached conclusions of “Not Qualified” for Charles Barnes Goodwin, nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, and Holly Lou Teeter, tapped for the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.
The ABA committee traditionally submitted these evaluations to the White House for prospective nominees before they were officially picked, but President Trump said in March that they can give their recommendations after he has made his nominations.
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