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

    As you know, Obama has nominated Elena Kagan for Supreme Court Justice. Here's a portion of the article from politico...

    As solicitor general, Kagan serves as the nation’s top lawyer arguing cases before the high court. Yet Kagan is highly unusual in one way – she has never been a judge. It’s the first time in nearly four decades that someone would join the court, if confirmed, without any prior judicial experience. The last to do so was William Rehnquist, who went on to become chief justice.


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    Do you think Supreme Court Justices should have experience being a judge before being appointed as a Supreme Judge for life?


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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
    As you know, Obama has nominated Elena Kagan for Supreme Court Justice. Here's a portion of the article from politico...

    As solicitor general, Kagan serves as the nation’s top lawyer arguing cases before the high court. Yet Kagan is highly unusual in one way – she has never been a judge. It’s the first time in nearly four decades that someone would join the court, if confirmed, without any prior judicial experience. The last to do so was William Rehnquist, who went on to become chief justice.


    Read more: President Obama to Senate: Act fast - Josh Gerstein and Carol E. Lee - POLITICO.com

    Do you think Supreme Court Justices should have experience being a judge before being appointed as a Supreme Judge for life?
    As long as they are qualified? No.
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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    I would be well more comfortable if they did. There are plenty of qualified judges in the country; I don't think you need to find a qualified yet inexperienced candidate.
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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    I would be well more comfortable if they did. There are plenty of qualified judges in the country; I don't think you need to find a qualified yet inexperienced candidate.
    Worked alright for Rehnquist as the article says.
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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alvin T. Grey View Post
    Worked alright for Rehnquist as the article says.
    Nothing says it can't work out. I'm just saying I think it's better to take qualified and experienced as opposed to qualified and inexperienced; especially when considering a spot for one of the top judges in the land.
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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    Appoint someone without position experience to the highest position in the land? Uh, no.

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

    I think as long as they were in a job where they demonstrate that they understand the law and its application, they are qualified. If someone is the government's top representative at the SC, that's good enough I think.

    Frankly, I am more disturbed by the fact that she looks like a man in drag.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I think as long as they were in a job where they demonstrate that they understand the law and its application, they are qualified. If someone is the government's top representative at the SC, that's good enough I think.

    Frankly, I am more disturbed by the fact that she looks like a man in drag.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I think as long as they were in a job where they demonstrate that they understand the law and its application, they are qualified. If someone is the government's top representative at the SC, that's good enough I think.

    Frankly, I am more disturbed by the fact that she looks like a man in drag.
    Oh, I thought "she" was a man in drag. She is really a she - by birth?
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    Re: Should Supreme Court justices have had experience being a judge at some point?

    Meh, I don't see a problem with appointing non-judges. Frankly I think it's a good thing to have some justices with diverse backgrounds. As long as she's familiar with the law, I don't see why it really matters.

    As for whether "experience" (defined by number of years being a judge) is important...I'd be surprised if it really changed anything. Go read some Supreme Court opinions, and see if you can discern which were written by justices with no previous judicial experience. My hunch is no.
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