Trump has named judicial nominees for federal district court positions. As part of the nomination process, they are asked questions about various topics, including the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and a Motion in Limine. What is so shocking about this is that there were so many bad answers to these very obvious and relevant questions.
One of the nominees was attorney Matthew Spencer Petersen, who admitted that he had never taken a deposition said that the last time he read the Federal Rules of Evidence was when he was in law school. He did not know the definition of a Motion in Limine was, nor did he have experience in litigation that would have encouraged him to know these concepts. All this raises an important question: how can the Trump Administration nominate someone with no knowledge of trials, and no experience in the courtroom, to be a federal district court judge? You can see Matthew Spencer Petersen’s testimony here.