May 10th, 2010
12:02 PM ET
10 years ago

Grassley highlights Kagan's lack of judicial experience

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following statement:

“A lifetime appointment requires a thorough vetting and I expect Elena Kagan to receive fair, respectful and deliberative consideration. The Constitution gives the Senate a tremendous responsibility to carefully review the President’s nominees to the Supreme Court. The Judiciary Committee must take time to ensure that the nominee will be true to the Constitution and apply the law, not personal politics, feelings or preferences. With no judicial experience, it becomes even more important that we ask thorough questions to determine that Ms. Kagan truly understands the constitutional role of a Supreme Court justice.”

Filed under: Charles Grassley • Elena Kagan • Senate • Supreme Court
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. greenfish

    Lack of court experience could prove to be an asset, as she may bring to the bench real life experience with the effects of Supreme Court decisions. In fact, I don't believe the constituion even requires that a justice be a lawyer.

    But if you want to be critical, you can always find something to crab about.

    May 10, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. sara

    "pull the plug on grandma" Grassley has NO credibility what so ever. And for Bob in PA., you WOULD say that PRESIDENT Obama would "indoctrinate" your children, wouldn't you? Sonia Soyomeyor IS a JUDGE, and Kagan is the U.S. solicitor general! Sir, stop spreading your unfounded belief systems.

    May 10, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Marty, FL

    Hmm...Grassley's Republican colleague actually acknowledged Kagan's experience by saying, "She has a background in law. She knows the law and those are basic requirements for a Supreme Court justice."

    Then again, this is disingenuous Grassley who would disrespectfully tell deather lies to his constituents.

    May 10, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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