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dubeskin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 08:41 PM
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Do SCOTUS Justices have to be American Citizens?
We were discussing possible appointments and requirements or "recommendations" for nominees, and I brought up that I don't think there are any. So we started throwing around some oddball names, and then we started to wonder; can a foreign-born or non-American citizen be seated? For all intensive purposes, assume they are highly qualified for the position and not simply a random person from another country or just some naturalized "Joe the Plumber."
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 08:47 PM
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1. To the best of my knowledge, being nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate...
are the only requirements.
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:01 PM
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2. Well I believe they could be born in Hawaii.
Actually I do not think so. Good luck trying to get that one confirmed though.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 09:40 AM
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7. But not in Puerto Rico.
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tritsofme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:03 PM
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3. This is all the Constitution says of it:
Article III Section 1

...The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:28 PM
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4. They don't even have to be a lawyer or a judge.
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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:31 PM
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5. I would think that, yes.
While the Constitution doesn't care, I bet federal law does, if only for the pay system. I would also seriously doubt that you could find a person with the requisite knowledge of us law and legal custom who isn't a citizen.
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jellen Donating Member (300 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:43 PM
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6. intensive purposes
That isn't intensive purposes, it's intents and purposes.
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