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Matthew Petersen

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-judicial-nominee-matthew-petersen-20171215-story.html The headline for this article is “Trump judicial nominee fumbles through painfully awkward confirmation hearing gone viral.”

I wouldn’t have been able to answer those questions either.

Petersen graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law where he made law review. I am sure that, based on his previously proven ability to make law review at a Top 14 law school, he can re-learn the rules of procedure and evidence that he has since forgotten, if that’s what he wants to do.

The problem I personally would have with being a district judge is that you have to pay attention to a lot of boring testimony. I don’t know if I could handle it without zoning out. I’d prefer a higher paying job as an in-house attorney for a big corporation, where you can spend half the day goofing off and surfing the web.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 15, 2017 at EST am

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  1. Most in-house attorneys for big corporations have such a heavy caseload to monitor and report to management on that they do not have time to spend half the day goofing off.

    Alex

    December 15, 2017 at EST am

  2. Funny, I was just watching the video, which someone had just posted on Facebook. I guess we are supposed to be shocked at his lack of preparation, but I actually thought Petersen seems intelligent, kind of dweeby, and would know doubt be conscientious enough to learn the job if he got it. Not even close to the worst nominee the world has ever seen. I was actually surprised at how in demeanor and body type I would have pegged Petersen as a Democrat for sure. How ideologically reliable is this guy really? Other than the fact that he is (I assume) a Mormon?

    Peter Akuleyev

    December 15, 2017 at EST am

  3. and also able to spell “no doubt”.

    Peter Akuleyev

    December 15, 2017 at EST am

  4. You must be joking! Here’s what happened the first time I was in federal court: I told the judge that the ex parte, pre-complaint attachment he’d issued on my client’s office building was beyond the court’s power because the U.S. Code specifically said pre-judgment remedies were limited to those available under state law, and California law prohibited pre-judgment attachment of realty. And he smiled at me and said, “Marty, haven’t you ever heard of inherent federal power?” I hadn’t. When I got back to the office I looked it up, and it was a dkctrine that had nothing to do with civil remedies. Why wouldn’t you want a lifetime position where you get to mess with people with impunity?

    Marty

    December 15, 2017 at EST am

  5. If he doesn’t know what a motion in limine is, he probably should not be a trial court judge.

    Will

    December 15, 2017 at EST am

    • Yeah, no shit. He didn’t even know that? My god.

      mel belli

      December 15, 2017 at EST pm

  6. “a higher paying job as an in-house attorney for a big corporation, where you can spend half the day goofing off and surfing the web.”

    Or how about slashing outside counsel’s billings? Wouldn’t you find that fun? I know I’d love to get paid for saying, “Andrea, I think we really need to push these kinds of tasks down to your younger flunkies at $90/hr.”
    Hah!

    mel belli

    December 15, 2017 at EST pm

  7. RE: working as an in-house attorney for a large corporation.

    This is a personality difference; I work in finance. At one time, I worked in corporate finance for a non-financial company. It was soul-crushing. Management didn’t give a shit about any of our opinions. They just wanted us to find ways to pay for all their wasteful projects. I could often spend a week or two doing basically nothing, and no one would notice. My paycheck was good, and I got stock options, but I hated it. I guess some people would love it though.

    For people like me, the best general advice is to work for an organization where your work is their core competency. If you work in finance, work for a financial company. If you write software, work for a software company. If you’re a lawyer, work for a law firm, or possibly a DA (or try to become a judge).

    You’ll have more room for advancement, the people in charge will often have career trajectories similar to yours and therefore understand where you’re coming from, and you’ll generally get more satisfaction from your work.

    Wency

    December 15, 2017 at EST pm

    • Wendy — very good advice. It’s another way of saying always be in the front office. The problem is that the most consistent ticket in to most organizations is the boring back office BS: accounting, IT, in house legal, etc.

      Mercy Vetsel (@MercyVetsel)

      December 15, 2017 at EST pm

    • “the best general advice is to work for an organization where your work is their core competency”

      That IS good advice. Unfortunately it’s not always applicable.

      Mike Street Station

      December 16, 2017 at EST am

  8. Drudge headline on Democrat lady-politician dropping out after a man accuses her of sexually “harassing” him. This is totally Wrong — women should be allowed to sexually harass men any time they want to, and in any case shouldn’t be held responsible for having done so. It really isn’t kind to hold women responsible for things; it makes them upset, and then nobody’s happy!

    Garr

    December 15, 2017 at EST pm

    • All of this sexual harassment in politics and Hollywood is just theater designed for the cuck republicans to have their “precedent” for going after Trump. We real right-wingers should laugh at them and ask why they are getting in the way of the Democrat circular-firing squad.

      map

      December 15, 2017 at EST pm

  9. ” I’d prefer a higher paying job as an in-house attorney for a big corporation, where you can spend half the day goofing off and surfing the web.”

    ….

    I don’t know about lawyering, but I own my own business, and if I want to goof off by surfing the Net or playing video games, I do. Some days I’m very busy, other days, not so much. The nice thing about being the owner is that you can goof off openly and the employees can’t say anything.

    Black Death

    December 15, 2017 at EST pm

  10. You only have to pay attention enough that you can make a ruling that benefits the side you like that won’t obviously get overturned. Lifetime appointment, why do anything more?

    anonymous 14

    December 15, 2017 at EST pm

  11. They aren’t gonna confirm this clown, are they? I mean, he knows nothing, has no experience why the hell he is even there?

    It’s like you ask an HVAC tech:
    – Have you ever pulled a vacuum?
    – No.
    – What’s normal operating temperature of high temp refrigeration system?
    – I don’t have that number at my disposal, sir.
    – Have you ever commissioned a system.
    – My experience wasn’t in that area, sir.
    – What does seasonal maintenance consist of?
    – I will have to look it up, sir.

    This is a riot. Trump could make a mistake, but this moron shouldn’t be there. Who knows what skeletons he has in the closet? Looks goofy. What a moron. Where they find these morons?

    Yakov

    December 15, 2017 at EST pm

  12. In France public law (tax included and public contractor litigation ) is a written procedure . Civil, penal, social and business are much more about hearings. The jobs are completely different . Public law are always collegiates . That changes a lot from being alone

    Bruno

    December 15, 2017 at EST pm

  13. Why do you always reproduce the entire URL of the story you’re commenting on, and not just the link?

    Gilbert Ratchet

    December 15, 2017 at EST pm

  14. Another thing: he went to community college in Utah, then Brigham Young.

    Just another empty suit.

    Will

    December 15, 2017 at EST pm

  15. GOP lawyer who has tried many cases to verdict here. Petersen should withdraw his name. He’s a DC apparatchik with ZERO litigation experience. He has no business serving on the District Court. Petersen may be smart, conservative, of good character and politically reliable, but he is completely unqualified for a District Court judgeship. It takes years to become a good trial lawyer. This guy has never

    In addition — and I’m not trying to be mean here, this is harsh but it’s nothing personal — it sounds like he’s done precious little actual legal work in his entire career. He’s a courtier, basically — a smart, well-educated person who works in the capital city and networks all day. Lawyers aren’t courtiers. We try cases, make hard decisions, examine witnesses, marshall evidence, etc. — this guy just writes memos filled with the latest Betlway buzzwords. Has no business in a courtroom. The GOP machine should never have nominated him.

    Joe Schmoe

    December 15, 2017 at EST pm

  16. Only hire a young doctor and an old attorney.

    Smartest Woman on the Internet

    December 15, 2017 at EST pm

    • That’s good advice.

      Lowe

      December 16, 2017 at EST pm


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