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- Aug 27, 2005
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- Houston, TX
- Political Leaning
WASHINGTON — Each year, 36 young lawyers obtain the most coveted credential in American law: a Supreme Court clerkship. Clerking for a justice is a glittering capstone on a résumé that almost always includes outstanding grades at a top law school, service on a law review and a prestigious clerkship with a federal appeals court judge.
Justice Clarence Thomas apparently has one additional requirement. Without exception, the 84 clerks he has chosen over his two decades on the court all first trained with an appeals court judge appointed by a Republican president.
But it's not just Thomas who only hires ideologues to clerk for him. The Liberal judges do it too. Which brings us to the following question:
1) Should ideology be kept out of the court system?
2) Since judges have a particular ideology in interpreting the Constitution, hiring clerks of same ideology is an acceptable practice, in that those future lawyers and judges will eventually rise to a position where they can continue interpreting the Constitution according to that ideology?
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