U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has condemned the recent leak of the abortion case decision as “tremendously bad,” adding that it has likely changed the court “forever,” Fox News reports.
The leak was of a draft, written by Justice Samuel Alito, of the court’s decision in the case regarding the legality of Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. In the draft, the court overturns the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade.
This decision has yet to be made official, but Chief Justice John Roberts has confirmed that the draft is authentic, and it does appear that this is the way that the court is leaning.
Thomas, in response to the so-called protests seen from the political left, had previously said that the justices will not be “bullied” into giving the left the opinion that they want. Recently, Thomas spoke about what the leak means for the court.
Thomas’s latest comments on the leak came at an “Old Parkland Conference” event that he attended on Friday. There, he was interviewed by John Yoo, a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley.
Thomas told Yoo that he believes that the leak “is tremendously bad” not only for the Supreme Court but for America.
I do think 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, and then I wonder when they’re gone or they are destabilized, what we’ll have as a country – and I don’t think that the prospects are good if we continue to lose them.
Thomas, at the event, also spoke about how he believes the leak will change the Supreme Court going forward.
“When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally,” Thomas said. “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.”
“Beyond anyone’s understanding”
Elsewhere in the interview, Thomas spoke about his and his fellow justices’ disbelief that such a leak could occur.
“The institution that I’m a part of, if someone said that one line of one opinion would be leaked by anyone, you’d say, ‘Oh, that’s impossible. No one would ever do that,'” Thomas said. “There is such a belief in the rule of law, a belief in the court, a belief in what we were doing that that was verboten.”
“It was beyond anyone’s understanding, or at least anyone’s imagination, that someone would do that,” Thomas added.