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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Supreme Court Qualifications

Yahoo! News' current lead story on U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Harriet Miers bears the headline, "Court nominee has no judicial experience". Sounds rather ominous, eh?

I don't know the current, updated statistic, but as of 1991, "Out of the 105 Justices serving on the Supreme Court in our Nation's history, 41 had no prior State or Federal judicial experience" (see http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?r102:S11JY1-62:).

If Miers is confirmed, she will join the company of John Marshall, Louis Brandeis, Felix Frankfurter, Earl Warren, Byron White, Lewis Powell, Abe Fortas, William Rehnquist, and many other justices with no previous state or federal judicial experience.

In my humble opinion, it would be good to have "some of each" - some with prior experience as judges, some without.

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