ADL Opposes Nomination of Brett Talley for Alabama Federal Judgeship

New York, NY, November 30, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today urged members of the U.S. Senate to reject the nomination of Brett Talley as U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama.

In a letter to Senators, ADL outlined Talley’s lack of experience in practicing law, potential conflicts of interest, and past instances of his giving voice to extreme views and bigoted, reckless rhetoric.

“Though ADL rarely weighs in on judicial nominations, we are deeply disturbed by the nomination of Brett Talley and have serious doubts as to his qualifications for a lifetime appointment on the federal bench,” wrote ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

Talley received a unanimous “Not Qualified” rating from the American Bar Association, and failed to disclose to the Senate he is married to the chief of staff to the White House counsel, a substantial conflict of interest. In addition, Talley has made numerous disqualifying comments on online message boards, including in 2011 when he supported a proposal in Mississippi to honor one of the founders of the Ku Klux Klan, and in 2015 when he claimed that mainstream Islam “preaches the worldwide caliphate and murder of nonbelievers.”

“There is no place on the federal bench for a person who spreads Islamophobia anonymously on the internet, tolerates hate, and defends a terrorist organization that, from its very inception, was dedicated to white supremacy and racial violence,” Greenblatt wrote.         

According to the Washington Post, Talley, 36, has only practiced law for three years and has yet to try a case. He worked as a political speechwriter for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012 and for Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) from 2013 to 2015.

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