As the nation continues to wait to find who was responsible for leaking a draft decision regarding the overturning of Roe v. Wade, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas made it clear at a recent conference that he is greatly concerned about the future of the high court and the stain left on it by this action.
Thomas, Politico reported, went as far as suggesting that the damage from undermining the sacred institution was so profound that it could mark the end of such institutions.
“I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them, and then I wonder when they’re gone or destabilized what we will have as a country and I don’t think the prospects are good if we continue to lose them,” Thomas said at a conference for Black conservatives in Dallas on Friday.
He added: “When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally. You begin to look over your shoulder. It’s like kind of an infidelity – that you can explain it but you can’t undo it.”
JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS: “What happened at the Court is tremendously bad. I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them.”
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Thomas went on to talk about how the high court used to be — not all that long ago — and his time spent debating, civilly, and being friends with the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“This is not the court of that era. I sat with (famously 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,” Thomas said.
Many believe that the leaked decision, which appears to be a decision to overturn Roe v. Wade later this year, was meant to intimidate the conservative justices on the SCOTUS bench, with the hopes of scaring at least one of them into changing their minds.
Thomas, and Chief Justice John Roberts have assured the nation in the wake of the leak that such maneuvers would have absolutely zero bearing on decisions that the Supreme Court and its justices make.