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  •  The difference is this (2+ / 0-)
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    boofdah, TheCid

    If I complain that there are too many Catholics on the court, I may mean that the Catholic religion implies a set of beliefs on vital social issues (by its own admission).

    If I complain that there are too many Puerto Ricans on the court, then I am biased against an ethnicity.

    Complaining about too many Jews is more like the later.

    All this wasted time learning and acquiring skills... And all along I should have just squinted to see Russia

    by fizziks on Tue Jun 09, 2009 at 12:55:40 PM PDT

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    •  Or you could mean... (2+ / 0-)
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      boofdah, oaktownadam

      ...that the composition of the court should reflect the nation's demographics.  I mean, I think the number of Caucasians on the court (and in the judiciary) is disproportionate; similarly, I don't think there are nearly as many openly gay judges as there are, say, attorneys.  Or you may not even be implying that shouldn't be the case, just noting that other demographics are overrepresented or underrepresented.  

      By complaining that there are too many Catholics on the Court because the "religion implies a set of beliefs on vital social issues," you're implying Catholics are suspect as Catholics because of their religious beliefs, or that there's a risk that they will decide cases on that basis. That seems no different to me than claiming a judge is likely to be biased on the basis of their ethnicity or sexual orientation.  

      What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.

      by Alec82 on Tue Jun 09, 2009 at 01:03:32 PM PDT

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      •  I think that judges should be appointed (2+ / 0-)
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        boofdah, Alec82

        and not subject to public election.  And I also think that diversity of race, creed and sexual orientation should be encouraged.  But, we have to have, above all, good judges.  I would rather have an old white man, whose a good judge, than a gay woman whose not a good judge.

        Diversity should be taken into consideration (as Obama did) but that nominee needs to be good (as Sotomayor is).

        It's a tough line to walk, but balance between diversity and competence needs to be preserved.

        "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

        by La Gitane on Tue Jun 09, 2009 at 04:11:12 PM PDT

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