Clarence Thomas Says Abortion Leak Changed Supreme Court


Justice Clarence Thomas said the Supreme Court had changed after a shocking leak of a draft opinion earlier this month. The opinion was that the court almost 50 years ago Roe v. It suggests that Wade is poised to overturn the recognized right to abortion.

He joined the court in 1991 and has long since Roe v. Conservative Thomas, who has called for the Wade case to be overturned, has described the leak as an unimaginable breach of trust.

“Especially when I lose trust in my institution, it radically changes. You start to look over your shoulder. Something that can be explained but cannot be reversed is a kind of disbelief,” he said at a conference on Friday evening in Dallas.

The court said the draft did not represent the final position of court members, and Chief Justice John Roberts ordered an investigation into the leak.

President George HW Bush’s nominee, Thomas, said “it was unthinkable” that even a single draft of an opinion would be released in advance until the comments leaked to Politico on May 2. 100 pages. Politico also reported that, in addition to Thomas, Conservative Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, along with drafter Samuel Alito, voted to overturn the Roe v. Wade and 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decisions. Confirmed Roe’s findings on the constitutional right to abortion.

If Thomas had previously said that “if someone said one line of opinion” would leak, the response would be “Oh, that’s not possible. No one will do that.”

“Now that belief or belief is gone forever,” Thomas said at the Old Parkland Conference, which he describes as a conference “to discuss proven alternative approaches to addressing the challenges facing black Americans today.” .

Thomas also said at one point: “I think what happened to the courts is incredibly bad…I wonder how long we will keep these institutions at the rate we undermine them.”

Thomas also commented on forwarding liberal protests held at the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices in Maryland and Virginia after the draft’s release. Thomas argued that conservatives had never acted that way.

“We will not visit the House of Justice when things are not going our way. We are not angry. I think … it is our duty to always act appropriately and not pay anything.” he said

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

Thomas is now a professor at Berkeley Law School, but was speaking in front of an audience in the early 1990s as part of a conversation with John Yoo, who worked as a law clerk at Thomas in the early 1990s.

Each Supreme Court typically has four judges annually, and the current group of lawyers has been the focus of speculation as a possible source of draft leaks. They are one of the few groups with access to draft opinions, along with judges and some administrative staff.

Thomas also answered several questions from the audience, including one who asked about the friendship between liberal and conservative judges. For example, it was a question about the well-known friendship between the late liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conservative judge Antonin. Scalia. “How can we nurture the same types of relationships within Congress and within the general public?” the man asked.

“Well, now I’m worried about keeping it in court.” Thomas answered. He went on to praise his former colleagues. “This is not the courthouse of the time,” he said.

Despite his words, Thomas seemed in a good mood and laughed genuinely at times. Yoo, who is known for writing so-called ‘torture memos’ that justified the George W. Bush administration’s use of ‘enhanced interrogation’ techniques after the 9/11 attacks, said he once photographed the memos. Thomas filmed during a meeting.

“Are you going to divulge them?” Thomas asked with a smile.

“Well, I know where to go… Now at Politico, whatever I give, I will reveal.”

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