Sara E. Hill, a nominee for a district judgeship in Oklahoma, faced scrutiny during her nomination hearing for her struggle to define fundamental legal terms like “stay” and “injunction” orders.
When questioned by Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., she stumbled through her answers.
“A stay order would prohibit, um, sorry. An injunction would restrain the parties from taking action. A stay order … I’m not sure I can, actually can, can give you that,” lamented Hill.
Carrie Severino, a constitutional lawyer, expressed disbelief at Hill’s lack of knowledge, emphasizing the importance of understanding these terms for a federal judge. (Trending: Court Hands Down Crucial 2nd Amendment Ruling)
“How can an individual who wants to be a federal judge possibly not know this?” wrote the attorney on X.
Adding, “Stays and injunctions come before district judges all of the time.”
“This is not a trick question,” she insisted.
Despite this, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., seemingly commended Hill for “passing the Kennedy bar exam,” prompting criticism regarding the leniency of the evaluation process.
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