Clarence Thomas says the abortion leak changed the Supreme Court

Justice Clarence Thomas sits during a group photo in the Washington Supreme Court, on April 23, 2021. Thomas says the Supreme Court has been overturned due to the shocking leak of an opinion draft earlier this month. (Irene Schaff, The New York Times via The Associated Press)

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WASHINGTON – Justice Clarence Thomas said the Supreme Court was overturned due to the shocking leak of a draft opinion earlier this month. The opinion indicates that the Court is prepared to revoke the right to abortion that has been recognized for nearly 50 years in Roe v. valley.

Conservative Thomas, who joined the court in 1991 and has long advocated the Roe v. Wade to his heart, he called the leak an unimaginable breach of trust.

“When you lose that trust, especially in the organization I work for, it fundamentally changes the organization. You start looking over your shoulder. It’s the kind of infidelity that you can explain, but you can’t undo, he said while speaking at a Friday evening conference in Dallas.

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

Thomas, a candidate for President George H.W. Bush, said it was far from “anyone’s imagination” before the opinion was leaked on May 2 to Politico that even a line of the draft opinion would be released ahead of time, not to mention a nearly 100-page full draft. Politico also reported that, in addition to Thomas, conservative justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Connie Barrett voted with the author of the draft opinion, Samuel Alito, to overrule the Roe v. Wade and Resolution 1992, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, confirmed Roe’s discovery of a constitutional right to abortion.

Previously, Thomas said, “If someone said one line of one opinion” would be leaked, the response would be, “Oh, that’s impossible. No one would ever do that.”

“Now that trust or that belief is gone forever,” Thomas said at the Old Parkland Conference, which describes itself 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 in court is really bad…I wonder how long we’ll have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them.”

Thomas also touched on the passage of protests by liberals in the homes of conservative judges in Maryland and Virginia that followed the release of the opinion draft. Thomas argued that conservatives never acted in this way.

“You’d never visit the homes of Supreme Court justices when things didn’t go our way. We didn’t have tantrums. I think it’s our duty to always act appropriately and not respond with one,” he said.

Protests were planned in the Supreme Court and across the country on Saturday.

Neither Thomas nor any of the Dallas session members mentioned the January event. 6 The rebellion or the actions of Thomas’ wife, Virginia, in the fight to annul the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Clarence Thomas was speaking before an audience as part of a conversation with John Yoo, now a Berkeley law professor, but he worked for Thomas for a year in the early 1990s as a law clerk.

Each judge generally has four legal clerks each year, and the current group of law clerks has been the focus of speculation as a possible source for the draft opinion leak. They are one of the few groups besides judges and some administrative staff who have access to draft opinions.

Thomas also answered some questions from the audience, including a question from a man who asked about friendships between liberal and conservative judges in court, such as the well-known friendship between the late liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the late conservative judge Antonin. Scalia. “How can we nurture the same kind of relationship within Congress and within the general population?” asked the man.

Well, Thomas replied, “I’m just worried about keeping him in court now.” He continued talking glowing terms about his former colleagues. “This is not the court of that era,” he said.

Despite his comments, Thomas seemed to be in good spirits – laughing at times. Yu, best known for writing the so-called “torture memos” that the George W. Bush administration used to justify the use of “enhanced interrogation” techniques after 9/11. 11 terrorist attacks, at one point he was said to have taken photos of notes Thomas took during the conference.

“Are you going to leak them?” Thomas asked, laughing.

Yu replied, “Okay, I know where to go…Politico will publish anything I give them now.”

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