WASHINGTON - Forget liberal vs. conservative justices. The Supreme Court is way out of regional alignment.
It's heavily tilted toward the Northeast corridor and could become even more so as President Barack Obama prepares to fill an upcoming vacancy.
Five of the nine justices have strong ties to Boston, New York and central New Jersey. Chief Justice John Roberts is a Midwesterner raised in Indiana, but he went to college and law school at Harvard and has spent his entire professional life in Washington.
Even Justice Clarence Thomas, who stresses his Georgia roots, has lived and worked in Washington since 1983.
Eight justices have Ivy League law degrees, which explains this joking response when a law student asked Roberts if too many justices came from elite schools.