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Supreme Court Justices with no prior judicial experience

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William Rehnquist (1986 – 2005): Justice Rehnquist was the US assistant attorney general when President Richard Nixon nominated him in 1971. Rehnquist was seated as an associate justice in 1972; When chief justice Warren Burger retired in 1986, Rehnquist took his post. Justice Thurgood Marshall called him 'a great chief justice.' Rehnquist is seen in this December 2003 photo taken at the Supreme Court in Washington.

PHOTO: J. Scott Applewhite/AP/FILE

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