Judicial Nominee Withdraws After Confirmation Video Goes Viral - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Dec 18, 2017
Matthew Spencer Petersen, the federal judicial nominee who was seen on video unable to define basic legal terms, has withdrawn his name from consideration, the ABA Journal reports. Petersen, a longtime member of the Federal Election Commission, was nominated to the federal court in Washington, D.C., by the Trump Administration. Last week a video of his confirmation hearing went viral, in which he could not define “motion in limine” and “the Daubert standard,” as well as his admission that he hasn’t tried a case to verdict or argued a motion. In a letter to the president, Petersen noted that his nomination had became a “distraction” and it was not fair to the administration for him to continue.