In another classic display of his legal prowess, Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy proved once again why he is a force to be reckoned with on the Senate Judiciary Committee. During a hearing on Wednesday, Kennedy challenged judicial nominee Sara E. Hill to define the difference between a “stay order” and an “injunction.” Now, these may seem like basic legal terms to most people, but apparently not to Hill.
In response to Kennedy’s inquiry, Hill stumbled over her words and struggled to provide a clear definition. She attempted to describe an injunction as something that restrains the parties from taking action, but when it came to a stay order, she confessed that she was uncertain. Now, I don’t know about you, but I find it rather concerning that a judicial nominee would be unfamiliar with basic legal concepts taught in law schools.
Sen. John Kennedy Stumps Biden Judicial Nominee On Basic Legal Definitions https://t.co/aQ2Xpj7hM8
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 16, 2023
To give you a little legal lesson, a stay order is typically used to put a halt to a legal proceeding or the actions of a party involved. It serves as a way to temporarily suspend litigation and stop it from moving forward. On the other hand, an injunction is an order that requires a person to either do something or refrain from doing a specific action. It’s pretty straightforward, or at least it should be.
This is not the first time Sen. Kennedy has had these “gotcha” moments. Back in March, he left another judicial nominee, S. Kato Crews, scratching his head when he couldn’t explain how to analyze a Brady motion and even confused it with a Supreme Court case. And who could forget the May 3 hearing when Kennedy left a nominee speechless after asking how spending an outrageous $50 trillion would somehow reduce global temperatures? It’s clear that when it comes to asking tough questions, Sen. Kennedy is at the top of his game.
One thing is for sure, we can always count on Sen. Kennedy to hold these nominees accountable and expose any gaps in their knowledge. Whether it’s challenging their understanding of the Constitution, legal procedure, Supreme Court precedents, or basic legal definitions, Kennedy never fails to impress. And let’s not forget his interrogation of Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias over explicit books in school libraries. Sen. Kennedy is not afraid to tackle the tough issues and advocate for the values he holds dear. Keep fighting the good fight, Senator!