Clarence Thomas says the abortion leak has transformed the Supreme Court

Clarence Thomas says the abortion leak has transformed the Supreme Court

Judge Clarence Thomas says the Supreme Court was transformed by the shocking leak of a draft advisory opinion earlier this month

WASHINGTON – Judge Clarence Thomas says the Supreme Court was changed by the shocking leak of a draft advisory opinion earlier this month. The opinion suggests that the court, which nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Repeal Wade’s right to abortion.

Conservative Thomas, who entered the court in 1991 and has long supported Roe v. Wade called the leak an unthinkable breach of trust.

“When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I am in, the institution changes fundamentally. You start looking over your shoulder. It’s like a kind of infidelity that you can explain but can’t undo,” he said, speaking at a conference in Dallas on Friday night.

The court has said the draft does not represent the definitive position of any member of the court and Chief Justice John Roberts has ordered an investigation into the leak.

Thomas said earlier that “if someone had said that a line of opinion” had leaked, the response would have been, “Oh, that’s impossible. Nobody would ever do that.”

“Now that trust or belief is gone forever,” Thomas said at the Old Parkland Conference, which bills itself as a conference “to discuss alternative best practices for addressing the challenges Black Americans face today.”

Thomas also once said, “I think what happened in court is tremendously bad… I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them.”

Thomas also addressed the protests by liberals outside the houses of conservative judges in Maryland and Virginia that followed the release of the draft opinion. Thomas argued that conservatives had never acted this way.

“They would never visit the homes of Supreme Court justices unless things were going as we wished. We didn’t have tantrums. he said.

Protests at the Supreme Court and across the country are also expected on Saturday.

Thomas was speaking to an audience as part of a conversation with John Yoo, now a law professor at Berkeley but who served as Thomas’s clerk for a year in the early 1990s.

Each judiciary generally has four clerks each year and the current group of clerks has been the subject of speculation as a possible source of the draft opinion leak. Along with the judges and some administrative staff, they are one of the few groups that have access to draft opinions.

Thomas also answered a few questions from the audience, including that of a man asking about the friendships between liberal and conservative judges at the court, such as a well-known friendship between the late Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the late Conservative Justice Antonin Skala. “How can we encourage the same kind of relationship within Congress and within the general population?” asked the man.

“Well, I’m just worried about keeping it in court now,” Thomas replied. He went on to speak glowingly of former colleagues. “This is not the court of this time,” he said.

Despite his comments, Thomas appeared to be in good spirits – he laughed heartily at times. Yoo, known for writing the so-called “torture memos” used by the George W. Bush administration to justify the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, once said that he Photographs of notes Thomas had taken during the conference.

“You’re going to leak them?” asked Thomas laughing.

Yoo replied, “Well, I know where to go… Politico will publish whatever I give them now.”

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