Our friend Jackie Dowd at The 13th Juror has a post that shocked me – no current member of the U.S. Supreme Court has ever defended anyone charged with a felony. That means none of them have direct experience with prosecutors such as Mike Nifong, no experience with overwrought police tactics, and no experience with the sometimes absurd appelate procedure. And, as Jackie points out, they’ve never been locked behind bars with a defendant.
Why does this matter? Because the legal system is one of our defenses as citizens against the overzealousness of government. We need a Supreme Court with a wide range of experience.