BATON ROUGE, LA - Louisiana Attorney General Jeff
Landry applauded the White House’s announcement of Louisiana natives Kyle
Duncan and Eastern District Chief Judge Kurt Engelhardt being nominated to the Court of Appeals
for the Fifth Circuit:
“Kyle is an exceptional constitutional lawyer and will make an excellent appellate judge. Kyle has vast experience in complex constitutional cases, both civil and criminal. In every case, he demonstrates that is a consummate professional. He and his wife Martha have deep roots in Louisiana, and we are glad he will be bringing his family and intellect back home.
Chief Judge Kurt Engelhardt is also a great choice. Judge Engelhardt has been serving on the federal bench in Louisiana since 2001 and has time and again demonstrated his commitment to the highest principles of judicial ethics and service. We have been lucky to have him on the district court bench here for the last 16 years and are happy to share his intellect and sound judicial instincts with the rest of the Fifth Circuit.
The Fifth Circuit plays a significant role in cases involving issues of great importance to Louisiana citizens, arising from the management of our prisons, voting rights and redistricting matters, abortion legislation, capital cases, and a variety of other matters involving executive overreach. President Trump made a commitment to put judicial conservatives on the bench – individuals who would respect the important role states play in our republican democracy. By nominating Kyle Duncan and Judge Engelhardt, President Trump is keeping that promise. I am confident both will apply the law in an unbiased, constitutionally-sound manner, which preserves the principles upon which our great nation was founded. The President hit this one out of the park.”