Trump judicial nominee fumbles basic questions about the law

Trump judicial nominee fumbles basic questions about the law

Trump judicial nominee fumbles basic questions about the law

Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) took to Twitter on Thursday night to mock one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees, posting a clip of a current member of the Federal Election Commission who has been nominated for a spot on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. John Kennedy, of Louisiana, reeled off several principles of law and asked Spencer to describe them.

Asked about to two basic abstention doctrines, Petersen offered that he was aware of them but was unable to describe their applications on a federal court.

Nomination hearings for USA district judges tend to be dry affairs that offer little in the way of mass entertainment - in other words, they're not typically the stuff of viral videos. "Even if you know zero about evidence the one doctrine every law student knows is Daubert because it's a very famous case about standard to admit expert testimony". Petersen: "I heard of it".

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"I don't have that readily at my disposal", Petersen said.

Definition: A federal court's decision not to exercise jurisdiction over a case. "Kennedy's calm questioning only makes it more brutal". He added, "I understand the challenge that would be ahead of me if I were fortunate enough to become a district court judge".

Anthony Michael Kreis, a professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, said it was unreasonable to expect Petersen to have recently studied the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a lengthy and complex document.

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"The thing I thought was much more troubling about the back-and-forth was the lack of preparation and basic understanding of pretty basic legal concepts", she said. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said that two of Trump's nominees would not be confirmed to the federal bench following questions about their qualifications, disrupting an otherwise smooth streak of federal judicial confirmations for the president. In November, he expressed disdain for the highest-profile of Trump's loony picks, former ghost hunter and Ku Klux Klan defender Brett Talley. The administration is also withdrawing the name of Jeff Mateer, who was up for a seat on the district court in Texas, following comments that have surfaced where he called transgender children part of "Satan's plan".

Petersen was one of five nominees testifying at the hearing.

Petersen and the other panelists shook their heads no.

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