Scalia: Varied job experience needed on high court

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says he’s concerned there aren’t more people with varying professional backgrounds being nominated to the nation’s highest court.

Scalia was a federal judge before President Reagan nominated him to the court.

He said there were three justices with no prior judicial experience back then and today there are none.

Scalia said he’s concerned about the practice because “every aspect of your career broadens your outlook” so “it’s good for the court to have people of varying backgrounds.”

Scalia spoke Monday to about 600 people at the First Baptist Church in Jackson during a luncheon sponsored by the Mississippi College School of Law.