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

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

    I think they definitely should. It establishes a record of their rulings, for one thing.

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

    I think as long as the candidate is qualified for the position (and I believe she is) then it doesn't matter if they've been a judge before.
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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    I'm sure the lady is smart and could do a good job, but I'd much prefer a candidate with some kind of judicial experience. I know that this isn't the first time that this has happened and I'm not going to lose any sleep at night over it, because she has a good history regardless, but some kind of judicial experience seems like it should be somewhat of a prerequisite for sitting on the supreme court.

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

    I think it's certainly a plus, but it's not an absolute necessity. For candidates without judicial experience, they should have had fairly substantial experience practicing law or in some government legal function. Kagan satisfies that requirement.

    Kagan was probably my least favorite out of the "finalists," but she's not that bad.
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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mellie View Post
    Do you think Supreme Court Justices should have experience being a judge before being appointed as a Supreme Judge for life?
    Seems to me that while someone might have a PhD in military history, you'd not comission him directly as a 4-star to the JCS.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Seems to me that while someone might have a PhD in military history, you'd not comission him directly as a 4-star to the JCS.
    But if they had experience in the military and it's operations, this would make a difference.
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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    But if they had experience in the military and it's operations, this would make a difference.
    It might, yes.
    How is that relevant here?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    It might, yes.
    How is that relevant here?
    Well if the women Obama nominated has loads of experience in law, why would she need to have been a judge? Or any nominee?

    Don't get me wrong I don't want another liberal judge, but her nomination looks like a good one from a liberal or progressive perspective.
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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdog View Post
    Well if the women Obama nominated has loads of experience in law, why would she need to have been a judge? Or any nominee?
    Same reason you should have some military experience before becoming a general -- theory and practice are different things.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Same reason you should have some military experience before becoming a general -- theory and practice are different things.
    In the military, that's true. In the courtroom, I'm less sure of that. Theory and practice are quite similar.

    Generally speaking, Supreme Court decisions tend to be quite theoretical in nature. While the justices may be concerned with the practical ramifications of their decision, I don't see any reason that someone who had formerly served as a judge would have better insight into those practical ramifications than someone who had formerly served as a legal scholar would.
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