Civil rights groups blasted the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday for voting to confirm 38-year-old Brett J. Talley, a former Alabama deputy solicitor general, to a lifetime appointment on the federal district court for the Middle District of Alabama in an 11-9, party-line vote despite the fact that he has only practiced law for three years and has never tried a case in court.
“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,” Kristine Lucius, executive vice president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, told the Los Angeles Times.
Liberal advocates are dismayed that Senate Republicans have chosen to put party over country.
“So far, no one from his party has been willing to stand up against him on the agenda of packing the courts,” said Marge Baker, vice president of People for the American Way.
The American Bar Association reportedly unanimously declared Talley “not qualified” ahead of his confirmation, the Times wrote.
The Hill added:
Talley admitted during his confirmation hearing that he had only participated once in a federal court hearing, as part of the legal team in a case during his time as the deputy solicitor general.
The nominee also previously worked as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, which considers judicial nominees. Talley first worked as Alabama’s deputy solicitor general under Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.), who was appointed to the seat when Jeff Sessions left to become the U.S. attorney general.
Last year, Talley denounced “Hillary Rotten Clinton” and pledged support for the National Rifle Association.