Newsflash: 41 of the 109 US Supreme Court Justices had no prior judicial experience.
Full list here.Experience needed? The long history of nonjudge justices.
Nearly half of justices had no prior experience on the bench.
John Marshall is widely revered as "the great Chief Justice," but before joining the Supreme Court in 1801 he had never served a day in judicial robes and lost the only case he argued at the high court.
Earl Warren had worked for 18 years as a prosecutor and was three times elected governor of California. But he had no prior judicial experience. Nor did William Rehnquist, Felix Frankfurter, and Louis Brandeis.
Lewis Powell, Abe Fortas, and Brandeis were all lawyers with no judicial experience at the time of their nominations.