Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Chief Justice Roberts on Former Appeals Court Experience for Justices

Adam Liptak reported in the NYT Tuesday that Chief Justice Roberts attributed the "more solid grounds of legal arguments" to a Court full of former federal appeals court judges in a speech at the University of Arizona College of Law.  The move toward a Court of such judges, according to Roberts, has resulted in "a more legal perspective and less of a policy perspective."  The speech is available at the school's web-site here.

As Liptak explains, the claim is not uncontroversial.  Professor Lee Epstein (Northwestern) was more to the point: "the data don't support it."  Epstein's forthcoming article is here.

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