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Looking For A Change

As I mentioned in my Diversity post, the US Supreme Court is very homogeneous.

Consider that of the 9 Justices:

  • 8 are men
  • 8 are white
  • 8 are graduates of Ivy League law schools
  • 8 have no trial court experience

While Justice Souter is a white, male, from an Ivy League law school, he is also the only Justice who had trial and appellate court experience before being appointed the the US Court of Appeals, and then the Supreme Court. None of the remaining Justices has ever been the judge at a trial, having been appointed to the US Court of Appeals, and then the Supreme Court.

While everyone is talking about many different attributes for a new Justice, I haven’t heard anyone mentioning: they should actually have some real experience, in a real court room.


1 hipparchia { 05.03.09 at 12:07 am }

and 5 of them are catholic.

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2 Bryan { 05.03.09 at 12:57 am }

I made that point in my earlier post, and have referred to the 5 of them as the Synod.

Souter is only Episcopalian, and Stevens the only “Protestant” on the court.

They really are an inbred group.

3 Kryten42 { 05.03.09 at 2:08 am }

Well, they are GOP. Of course they are inbred. *sheesh* Talk about stating the obvious. 😉 😆

I guarantee, not one of them votes Democrat. You can add that to your list. 🙂

4 Bryan { 05.03.09 at 12:37 pm }

Ginsburg and Breyer are the only two appointed by a Democratic President. The most “liberal”, Stevens, was appointed by Gerald Ford.

5 Comrade Kevin { 05.03.09 at 4:19 pm }

Merit over identity politics? Now, that makes too much sense!

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6 Bryan { 05.03.09 at 5:22 pm }

The torture memos showed us what “intricate legal reasoning” can produce, so how about someone who assumes that laws mean what they say.

The group that wrote the Constitution didn’t like corporations or political parties, so the decisions based on that Constitution should reflect that “original intent”.

7 andante { 05.03.09 at 7:30 pm }

And of course, we expect an up or down vote on the eventual nominee.

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8 Bryan { 05.03.09 at 8:07 pm }

Let’s not push our dreams too far, Andante. The Republicans wouldn’t give Roger Taney or Ronald Reagan, if either was alive and nominated by Obama, a vote until after they had stalled forever.

They have no intention of allowing anything they can stall to get done.