Bar Association dubs fourth Trump judicial nominee unqualified


The American Bar Association (ABA) has deemed a fourth judicial nominee of President Trump unqualified for the job.

The powerful legal organization’s standing committee unanimously dubbed Brett Talley, a Justice Department lawyer, not qualified to hold the judgeship on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, for which Trump has tapped him.

The committee did not release a statement explaining its decision, but Talley has faced criticism in the past for his online presence. He authored a 2013 blog post calling on readers to “join the National Rifle Association” and calling gun control legislation rolled out after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School “the greatest attack on our constitutional freedoms in our lifetime.”

Talley is the second federal judicial nominee tapped by Trump to be unanimously labeled not qualified by the ABA committee. The panel also deemed Leonard Steven Grasz, whom Trump nominated to a judgeship on the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, not qualified late last month, with one member abstaining.

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