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    Re: 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?

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    Because liberals judge people not on how they look, so ugly liberals can get positions of power that ugly conservatives can't?
    really? its libs who pick people based on how they look. Why was Sotomayor picked by Obama?

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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
    Minimum of 1 year on the bench. Preferable is 2+
    why-where experience is most needed is at the trial level



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

    Yeah, yeah, right.

    Conservatives NEVER choose people based on what they look like. It's just pure coincidence that 99% of all the people they choose are white, and why only good looking women get promoted and get to be on Fox News. Coincidence, I tells ya!

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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
    why-where experience is most needed is at the trial level
    I disagree - While trial level judges certainly need more experience in how to manage a day to day docket and handle actual court appearances, the SC is mostly concerned with how its decisions will be applied by the lower courts. Probably around 25% of the SC's docket is dedicated to fixing the unmanageable tests that earlier SC decisions created for the lower courts. If a Justice has never sat on a lower court, they have no idea how their decisions will be applied and will not appreciate the confusion they can create.
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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

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    Why does it seem like it's mostly liberal women that are butt ugly and conservative women are pretty hot?
    Because Alicia Silverstone is HOT!

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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
    why-where experience is most needed is at the trial level
    What for?

    I do trials all the time. I also do appeals before the state Supreme Court. They are two completely different skills.

    At the trial level, whether something is constitutional or not is hardly ever an issue. My skills have more to do with cross examining and speaking to a jury. I hardly have to discuss minute details about the law at all.

    At the appellate level, I have to do a ton of research, write huge briefs, and then be able to discuss obscure cases and laws with the justices.

    I believe that appellate experience is very important for a Supreme Court justice, but I also think that you can get that experience by arguing in front of them as well as being on the bench.

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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
    Yeah, yeah, right.

    Conservatives NEVER choose people based on what they look like. It's just pure coincidence that 99% of all the people they choose are white, and why only good looking women get promoted and get to be on Fox News. Coincidence, I tells ya!
    Link? As of the last administration, the vast majority of the highest ranking minorities appointed to positions within government had been appointed by Republicans.
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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
    Yeah, yeah, right.

    Conservatives NEVER choose people based on what they look like. It's just pure coincidence that 99% of all the people they choose are white, and why only good looking women get promoted and get to be on Fox News. Coincidence, I tells ya!
    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



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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
    What for?

    I do trials all the time. I also do appeals before the state Supreme Court. They are two completely different skills.

    At the trial level, whether something is constitutional or not is hardly ever an issue. My skills have more to do with cross examining and speaking to a jury. I hardly have to discuss minute details about the law at all.

    At the appellate level, I have to do a ton of research, write huge briefs, and then be able to discuss obscure cases and laws with the justices.

    I believe that appellate experience is very important for a Supreme Court justice, but I also think that you can get that experience by arguing in front of them as well as being on the bench.
    And Kagan has argued before a court exactly six times.
    People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

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