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Former justice: judicial experience not an issue

 Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan meets with Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Drew Ange...
 Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan smiles on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 26, 2010, before her meeting with Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. (AP Pho...

Kagan Supreme Court

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan meets with Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Drew Ange...

Kagan Supreme Court

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan smiles on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 26, 2010, before her meeting with Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. (AP Pho...

Former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor says that lack of judicial experience should not derail Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court.
O'Connor tells ABC's "Good Morning America" that historically more than a third of the justices came to the court without first serving as judges, adding "I think it's fine. Just fine."
The first woman to serve on the Supreme Court says that Kagan seems "very well qualified academically." She says that going through the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearings, however, is a "difficult, unpleasant experience" for a nominee, no matter who that is.
Kagan returns to Capitol Hill Thursday to meet privately with a half dozen senators. Her nomination hearings could begin as early as late June.


Updated : 2021-05-15 12:59 GMT+08:00