Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke out about a leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion on a pending pro-life case that could overturn Roe v. Wade, saying the court cannot be bullied.
Thomas shared the words during a judicial conference on Friday.
In the wake of a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, Justice Clarence Thomas says the court cannot be bullied into making a decision that some wish to see. https://t.co/ExjW3CQqXs
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Thomas noted “we are becoming addicted to wanting particular outcomes, not living with the outcomes we don’t like” during the event.
Days after a Supreme Court opinion leaked and signaled the possible overturning of a long-standing precedent for women’s abortion access, Justice Clarence Thomas declared that the high court cannot be “bullied.”https://t.co/l7fxfhzcoc
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“We can’t be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want. The events from earlier this week are a symptom of that,” he added.
Thomas shared the remarks just days after an unprecedented leak shared that the court has enough votes to overturn the landmark case that legalized abortion on demand in 1973.
The report led to a push for an investigation regarding the source of the leak, as the unauthorized sharing of information threatens the integrity of the court.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called it, “By every indication, this was yet another escalation in the radical left’s ongoing campaign to bully and intimidate federal judges and substitute mob rule for the rule of law.”
Last night’s stunning breach was an attack on the independence of the Supreme Court. By every indication, this was yet another escalation in the radical left’s ongoing campaign to bully and intimidate federal judges and substitute mob rule for the rule of law. pic.twitter.com/wvigWvPqm7
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) May 3, 2022
The stunning move should not change the outcome of the case but should cause a review of how information is handled within the court.
The nation’s highest court must continue to guard its integrity and information as it serves in its role for the nation.