WASHINGTON, D.C., December 12 – In response to reports that Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley has asked the White House to reconsider the federal judicial nominations of Brett Talley and Jeff Mateer, AFJ President Nan Aron released the following statement:

“This is welcome news. Brett Talley and Jeff Mateer are both wholly unfit for the federal bench. Senator Grassley is right to insist that the White House withdraw their names. Talley has never tried a case or argued a motion, and Mateer has made hostile and offensive remarks about transgender children. We believe this is an opportunity for a real turning point, if the White House uses this moment to reassess its criteria for judicial nominations and to put forward nominees who will be serious about upholding critical legal rights and protections for all.”