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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
    You can search the forum for threads about Miers. If I recall correctly, things were mostly switched on both sides, as you might expect.
    Ah, didn't realize the forums had been here that long.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    Ah, didn't realize the forums had been here that long.
    Yup, the database should go back to mid-04, though there are a few month-long periods that aren't indexed for no apparent reason.
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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    To those who said YES that nominees should have experience as a judge, I ask:

    How much?

    A day?

    A year?

    19 Months - Clarence Thomas

    2 Years - John G. Roberts

    13 Years - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    17 Years - Sonia Sotomayor

    The anti-Obama crowd is too funny.

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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
    To those who said YES that nominees should have experience as a judge, I ask:

    How much?

    A day?

    A year?

    19 Months - Clarence Thomas

    2 Years - John G. Roberts

    13 Years - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    17 Years - Sonia Sotomayor

    The anti-Obama crowd is too funny.
    Given the role of the SC, any amount of time at the CoA level is useful in understanding the impact and application of the SC's decisions.

    I don't think anyone is saying that the length of time one has served on the federal bench is necessarily correlated with the quality of the eventual justice, nor do I think any criticism of Kagan's lack of judicial experience is necessarily an outgrowth of "anti-Obama" sentiment.
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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    I voted yes. This is the same reason I was against Harriet Meiers, when Bush nominated her.

    IMHO, there is no experience like prior judicial experience. Therefore, I am not please with Obama's choice of Kagan, and I don't believe that it was the best choice.
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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
    Oh, I thought "she" was a man in drag. She is really a she - by birth?
    one commentator I heard today called her Dick morris in pantyhose!

    judicial experience is not all that important for USSC justices

    It actually is more important for trial court judges who have to make instantaneous rulings on objections



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

    Why does it seem like it's mostly liberal women that are butt ugly and conservative women are pretty hot?


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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
    Why does it seem like it's mostly liberal women that are butt ugly and conservative women are pretty hot?
    Because liberals judge people not on how they look, so ugly liberals can get positions of power that ugly conservatives can't?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    I voted yes. This is the same reason I was against Harriet Meiers, when Bush nominated her.

    IMHO, there is no experience like prior judicial experience. Therefore, I am not please with Obama's choice of Kagan, and I don't believe that it was the best choice.
    Was expecting Diane Wood myself. (not endorsing her, just who i thought he would nominate.)

    But suspect Ginsberg will be "announcing" soon. And the WH prolly knows that too. My next guess/suspicion is that Wood will be coming soon. And nominating Kagan first was just the politically calculated best sequence.



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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
    To those who said YES that nominees should have experience as a judge, I ask:

    How much?

    A day?

    A year?

    19 Months - Clarence Thomas

    2 Years - John G. Roberts

    13 Years - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    17 Years - Sonia Sotomayor

    The anti-Obama crowd is too funny.
    Minimum of 1 year on the bench. Preferable is 2+
    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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