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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC
    Second, yes, we're all aware that historically, most of the members of the Supreme Court were appointed directly out of political positions. That's because historically, most of the lower federal courts were considered to be unprestigious compared to political positions. As a result, the best legal minds went into politics.

    Nowadays, that is not at all the case. Politics is quite unprestigious compared to legal positions, such as USA. SG, OLC, or Dist. Ct. Judge. As a result, most of the Justices in the modern era have come from the Art. III courts. Citing to Justices from the 1800s as proof that modern Justices should come from private practice is either disingenuous or uninformed.
    Prestige and experience are two different things. Why should it matter how prestigious someone's background is when considering them for a Supreme Court appointment? What do you mean by "prestige," and is there a correlation between their prestige and their effectiveness on the court?
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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    I didn't realize that fox news is the same as politics. I don't recall too many ugly people on ABC, CBS, NBC either. look at the ladies on the Today show-

    same with the stars on "Friends"

    NO doubt in my mind that Bush picked Roberts thinking he was the best available conservative legal mind. He got no political quota value for Roberts or Alito. He would have for Estrada and that is why the dems blocked Estrada
    Nah. Bush clearly picked 'em because they were pretty.....

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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    That's fair, though it also assumes that people must agree with Scalia on that point.
    Here, I must disagree. Whether you agree with him or not, he adds significant credibility, as a Supreme himself, as to what the qualifications ought to be. Even if you disagree with him, you would look like a fool if you were outraged, or wanted to ridicule Obama for Kagen's lack of 'experience', etc.

    I mean, over here we have Scalia, Supreme Court Justice, approving of people who have different backgrounds that do not include Judicial experience being nominated to the Supreme Court. And over here, we have Mr. Feigned Outrage who can't believe what an idiot Obama is to have the audacity to nominate such an 'unqualified' candidate. It would just be such obvious overwrought foolishness.
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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    About 1/3 of all SC Justices have not had any previous experience as judges.

    Simply put, this is a non-issue brought up by those who's real problem is that President Barack Obama nominated this person and nothing more. Pure, partisan crap.

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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Uncola View Post
    About 1/3 of all SC Justices have not had any previous experience as judges.

    Simply put, this is a non-issue brought up by those who's real problem is that President Barack Obama nominated this person and nothing more. Pure, partisan crap.
    Not surprising from MN. Y'all hired a wrestler for governor and an idiot comedian for senator.

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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    Quote Originally Posted by TOJ View Post
    Not surprising from MN. Y'all hired a wrestler for governor and an idiot comedian for senator.

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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    Quote Originally Posted by TOJ View Post
    Not surprising from MN. Y'all hired a wrestler for governor and an idiot comedian for senator.

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    Do you have anything beyond STUPID, childish, personal insults to add or is that your entire act?

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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Uncola View Post
    Do you have anything beyond STUPID, childish, personal insults to add or is that your entire act?
    Don't hold your breath waiting.
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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    And why?
    As a justice, one has to not only understand and uphold what the Constitution says (ie., Contitutional scholar) one has to know how decisions made at the SCOTUS level will be applied to the lower courts and ultimately to people.

    It doesn't take much common sense to it out. Yes, history has shown others with no bench experience have fulfilled the position of justice well - I still don't agree with it, regardless of political affiliation, which I might add, should not be part of Constitutional argument. Right vs. Left has no business being applied to the Constitution. Those issues should be left to amendments passed by Congress and reviewed by the SCOTUS to make sure the laws / amendments are Constitutional.

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    And how you account for the list of SCOTUS justices that did not serve as judges prior to being appointed. Specifically, Black, Marshal.
    It was a mistaken then, it's a mistake now.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    As a justice, one has to not only understand and uphold what the Constitution says (ie., Contitutional scholar) one has to know how decisions made at the SCOTUS level will be applied to the lower courts and ultimately to people.

    It doesn't take much common sense to it out. Yes, history has shown others with no bench experience have fulfilled the position of justice well - I still don't agree with it, regardless of political affiliation, which I might add, should not be part of Constitutional argument. Right vs. Left has no business being applied to the Constitution. Those issues should be left to amendments passed by Congress and reviewed by the SCOTUS to make sure the laws / amendments are Constitutional.

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