Glenn Reynolds: Supreme Court picks need diversity, compromise
Glenn has two proposals, the first, the Senate should submit to the President a list of acceptable Supreme Court candidates, and if one were selected the confirmation would happen quickly.
Second, it is time for a non lawyer Supreme Court Justice.
I agree to both of these proposals, I have already written that we do not need another lawyer, we need someone with different experiences, and perspectives.
The Supreme Court does not need a judge, or a lawyer, it needs a person who has other than law life experiences
George McGovern tied a neat clear bow on the experience idea back in an October 12, 2012 article in the Wall Street Journal article.
"In 1988, I invested most of the earnings from this lecture circuit acquiring the leasehold on Connecticut's Stratford Inn. Hotels, inns and restaurants have always held a special fascination for me. The Stratford Inn promised the realization of a longtime dream to own a combination hotel, restaurant and public conference facility -- complete with an experienced manager and staff.
In retrospect, I wish I had known more about the hazards and difficulties of such a business, especially during a recession of the kind that hit New England just as I was acquiring the inn's 43-year leasehold. I also wish that during the years I was in public office, I had had this firsthand experience about the difficulties business people face every day. That knowledge would have made me a better U.S. senator and a more understanding presidential contender."
This applies equally to Supreme Court Justices, a group generally taken from the ranks of the Federal Appellate courts. These people frequently have no substantive nonlegal working experience. We are stacking the Supreme Court with people who do not have the necessary life experiences to understand the issues they are adjudicating outside of a narrow law specific context.
It is time for change.