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Antonin Scalia 'Happy' President Obama's Supreme Court Nominee Isn't A Judge

Justice Antonin Scalia, delivering the Judge Thomas A. Flannery Lecture to the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America, defended Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's lack of judicial experience, The Washington Post reports.

"Currently, there is nobody on the court who has not served as a judge — indeed, as a federal judge — all nine of us," he noted. "...I am happy to see that this latest nominee is not a federal judge — and not a judge at all."

Scalia spoke last night, in the Ceremonial Courtroom at the United States Courthouse in Washington.

Confirmation hearings for Kagan are scheduled to begin on Monday, June 28.