Should Supreme Court Candidates Be Limited to Lawyers and Judges?

Perhaps knowledge of the Constitution and politics could make for a more effective jurist.

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U.S. District Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor has emerged as a presumptive favorite to replace Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court, based on her resume and ethnicity. But lots of other names have been tossed about, including that of Al Gore, who is not even a lawyer. What do you think? Is a previous legal career an absolute prerequisite for a justice of the Supreme Court? Or are political experience and knowledge of the Constitution enough? Post your thoughts.