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Trump picks ghost hunter to be federal judge

November 15, 2017 3:12 pm

One of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees is a ghost hunter who has written several novellas about paranormal activities.

The appointment of Brett Talley, 36, for a lifetime post as an Alabama federal judge is raising eyebrows because he has never tried a case.

It also emerged he failed to disclose on a conflict-of-interest questionnaire that his wife is a White House lawyer.

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But he did divulge his Tuscaloosa Paranormal Research Group membership.

Mr Talley was approved last week by the Senate committee on a party-line vote, and he is likely to be confirmed by the full chamber soon.

His nomination is part of President Trump’s efforts to expand the presence of conservative jurists in American courtrooms, say analysts.

The Harvard-educated lawyer was unanimously deemed “not qualified” by the American Bar Association to serve an appointment on the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

Mr Talley, who has practised law for three years, has written right-wing blog posts critical of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, whom he labelled “Rotten”, according to US media.

He also maintains a horror blog online, when not searching for ghosts.

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