Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Thursday criticized the American Bar Association’s process for evaluating federal judicial nominees, saying the ABA should not penalize a nominee for not having prior experience on the bench.

“I think the ABA should get a new life and look at whether people are qualified, not whether they have judicial experience,” Reid said at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he was introducing a nominee from his home state.

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