U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas ruled Friday on the leaked draft abortion opinion, saying such a violation calls into question the lifespan of our nation’s institutions.” at the rate we are mining them”.
Thomas, the nation’s longest-serving high court judge, was speaking at a conference for black conservatives in Dallas when he addressed the issue of the leak, saying, “I think what happened went to court is extremely bad.”
“I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them, and then I wonder when they’ll be gone or destabilized, which is what we’ll have as a country. And I don’t think the outlook is good if we keep losing it,” he continued.
The draft opinion, the authenticity of which was confirmed by Chief Justice John Roberts, was written by his colleague Justice Samuel Alito. It was an explicit reversal of the infamous pro-abortion case Roe vs. Wade as well as Family planning c. Casey — refer the question of abortion to the state legislatures.
In confirming its authenticity, Roberts said that was not necessarily the decision the Court would make, while ordering the Marshal of the Court to open an investigation into the source of the leak.
While many on the left called the leak “courageous,” those more concerned about the longevity of US institutions took a different view.
“When you lose that trust, especially in the institution I’m in, it fundamentally changes the institution. You start looking over your shoulder,” Thomas said. “It’s kind of like infidelity in that you can explain it, but you can’t undo it.”
“If someone said a line of an opinion would be leaked by anyone, you would say, ‘Oh, that’s impossible. No one would ever do that,'” the George HW Bush appointee said. , who has been on the court since 1991. “It was verboten. It was beyond anyone’s comprehension, or at least anyone’s imagination.
Speaking of other judges he has worked with, Thomas said the breach has changed the court’s working climate.
“It’s not the court of that era,” said Thomas, who was confirmed in 1991. “I sat with (famous liberal justice) Ruth Ginsburg for almost 30 years and she was actually an easy colleague to deal with. … We may have been a dysfunctional family, but we were a family.
After the leak, left-leaning organizations doxxed the home addresses of conservative judges, leading to protests outside their homes, a heavy police presence and at least one judge taken to an undisclosed location for his personal safety.
Thomas, however, said only leftists engage in such behavior.
“You would never visit the homes of Supreme Court justices when things weren’t going our way,” Thomas told the conservative group he was speaking to. “We didn’t throw tantrums. … It behooves us to always act appropriately and not give up tit for tat.
Thomas, who is a renowned critic of watch the decision – legal policy that even contains erroneous precedent should be upheld simply because it is precedent, unless there is special justification to overturn it – referred to Alito’s argument according to which politics shouldn’t be used as an excuse to enforce a bad law, saying, “When someone uses stare decisis, which means they have no more arguments.
Breccan F. Thies is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFThies.