How To Pick Better Judicial Nominees
Earlier this week, Matthew Peterson, who was nominated for a position on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after a particularly embarrassing appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, withdrew his nomination rather than face certain rejection. This led to speculation about how the Trump Administration could improve its judicial nomination process.
One New York Times ready offered a solution:
The appalling performance by Matthew Petersen, one of President Trump’s judicial nominees, in response to the withering questioning by Senator John Kennedy is inexcusable in this day and age, whatever the limitations of Mr. Petersen’s legal schooling and past experience. For while the television series “Law and Order” has been off the air for several years, it is in almost constant syndicated rerun.
Had Mr. Petersen watched even a few episodes, he almost certainly would have known what a motion “in limine“ is, and what the various abstention doctrines are. Shame on Mr. Petersen for not having attended the universal law school of the airwaves that was “Law and Order.”
WILLIAM N. FORDES
SANTA MONICA, CALIF.
Fordes was a co-executive producer of Law & Order from 1991 to 2012