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Kagan: Court Would Have More Credibility If It ‘Looked More Like The Country’

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Elena Kagan smiles to the applauding crowd in attendance after being sworn in as the 112th justice of the United States, and only the 4th woman to take the job, at the West Conference room of the U.S. Supreme Court  in Washington on Aug. 7, 2010. (credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Elena Kagan smiles to the applauding crowd in attendance after being sworn in as the 112th justice of the United States, and only the 4th woman to take the job, at the West Conference room of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Aug. 7, 2010. (credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, says the confirmation process is “sort of broken.”

Kagan made her remarks Friday during an address to students at the University of Alabama.

Kagan says senators want to know how nominees will rule on cases, yet the would-be justices are limited in what they can say. Kagan says that leaves senators frustrated and results in what she calls “political theater” in which nominees listen while senators make speeches.

All the current justices attended either Harvard or Yale, and Kagan says the court is too heavily dominated by lawyers from elite law schools. She says the court would have more credibility if it “looked more like the country.”

President Barack Obama appointed Kagan to the court in 2010.

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