Lawyer who struggled with Sen. John Kennedy at hearing to become judge goes viral

December 15, 2017 - 10:13 am

(AP) — A lawyer nominated by President Donald Trump to be a federal judge has become an internet sensation after admitting to Senator John Kennedy that he has never tried a case and struggled to answer basic legal questions.

Millions have now watched video of Matthew Spencer Petersen struggling with questions Thursday from Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican.

Petersen, who serves on the Federal Election Commission, had difficulty answering questions about the "Daubert standard," which has to do with expert witness testimony, and the definition of a "motion in limine," which has to do with the introduction of evidence. He acknowledged he has never tried a case or argued a motion in court. He said he last read the federal rules of evidence in law school.

Petersen graduated from Brigham Young University. He earned a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1999.

WWL's Tommy Tucker talked with Kennedy about the hearing and other topics:

Sen. Kennedy on his viral moment questioning an unprepared judicial nominee

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