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US Supreme Court

Postby Beaver » Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:11 am

With the Health Care case in the news, I thought this article about the The supreme court and how it's makeup has changed was interesting. ... tml#item-1

"The table above shows a few unusual characteristics of this Court. To start with, there are no Protestants on it. Three of the four Democratic appointees are Jews and the other one, like all the Republican appointees are Catholics. This is the first Court in U.S. history with no Protestants on it. The other noteworthy feature is that every single justice is the product of an Ivy League law school, with Harvard beating Yale 5 to 3 and Columbia scoring one seat. It is difficult to imagine a more elite Court. Furthermore, all but Kagan were Court of Appeals judges prior to their appointments to the Supreme Court. Kagan was Solicitor General.

Historically, it wasn't always like this, with a Court full of non-Protestant, Ivy League, judges from the Court of Appeals. Just to provide some perspective, here is the lineup at the Supreme Court just after President Eisenhower appointed Earl Warren to the Court in 1953. Warren, a Republican, went on to lead one of the most activist Courts in history, starting with its decision to ban segregated schools."

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Re: US Supreme Court

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:16 am

Warren was considered a traitor by conservative Republicans and there was a movement to impeach him.


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