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Dinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:59 PM
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What Are The Requirements to be A Supreme Court Judge?
I admit ignorance here, though I have a general idea. Thanks in advance for the info.
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:01 PM
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1. I believe the answer is, nothing at all. n/t
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Kablooie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 02:39 PM
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16. If that's true, I nominate Diana Ross.
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OffWithTheirHeads Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:01 PM
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2. Apparently, having a brain isn't one of them.
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:01 PM
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3. Basically, someone who is breathing ...
Edited on Sat May-02-09 01:05 PM by RoyGBiv
Although, strict constructionists might argue that there is no specific wording in the Constitution that says a Justice must actually breathe.

Edit: Spelling
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bluebellbaby Donating Member (275 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:04 PM
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7. You posted quicker than me...had the same thoughts
:toast:
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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:08 PM
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8. Whimsy ...

I have unfortunately been able to imagine the Righteous Flock digging up Reagan and plopping his corpse down to "hear" cases before the Court. His contribution were certainly just as valuable in that service as during his Presidency.

:toast:

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bluebellbaby Donating Member (275 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:16 PM
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12. I do long for the "gipper"...I miss him sooooooo much!
I miss those days of old...when soon after winning his second term he cut my college grants making it impossible for me to finish my degree...Yes...I miss those days...

NOT!
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BR_Parkway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:35 PM
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13. Weekdays at the Gippers
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Posteritatis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:45 PM
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14. "Justice Redshirt abstained for the hundredth consecutive time today.." (nt)
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blue_onyx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:02 PM
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4. Other than being picked by the President and
approved by the Senate, there are no requirements.
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backscatter712 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:02 PM
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5. Not a heck of a lot.
You have to have enough schmooze-fu to get the President to appoint you, and you have to be able to convince 51 politically motivated bastards (60 if there's a filibuster) to vote to confirm you.

Did Harriet Myers have much in the way of qualifications? She had never even served as a judge.

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bluebellbaby Donating Member (275 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:03 PM
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6. I think you have to be alive and breathing...
But I think I'm even stretching those requirements...

None...

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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:09 PM
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9. Picked by the Presidend and confirmed by the Senate
That's it technically. Now why there's not a requirement for a law degree, I think it would be near impossible for someone that hasn't actively worked in judicial system and with a good grasp of Constitutional law actually getting to the court now.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:10 PM
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10. Ability to be bought? nt
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underseasurveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:13 PM
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11. Let's see
How do you look in a black robe?

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Solon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 01:47 PM
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15. Constitutionally, nothing, the framers thought it wasn't needed to put down any specific...
requirements, the nomination process alone is a way to vet to at least reduce the possibility of someone who is ignorant of law and jurisprudence from being chosen for the court. Also the Constitution never set the number of Justices either.
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