Justice Thomas says Supreme Court won’t be ‘bullied’ by mobs demanding different outcome in abortion case

Pro-abortion advocates staged angry protests outside both the Supreme Court as well as the private residences of Republican-appointed members of the court in reaction to a leaked draft copy of an imminent ruling on abortion in which the legalized abortion precedent set by 1973’s Roe v. Wade was overturned.

In response to the clear effort by the left to intimidate and threaten the jurists into reversing course and upholding Roe, Justice Clarence Thomas made it equally clear on Friday that the Supreme Court won’t be “bullied” into bowing to the angry mob’s demands, The Conservative Brief reported.

Thomas: Court won’t be “bullied” by angry mobs

The remarks from Justice Thomas came Friday during an appearance at a judicial conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and though he didn’t specifically address the leaked draft opinion, the online publication of jurists’ home addresses by activists, or the angry protests and threats of violence outside the court and those homes, there was little doubt as to what he was referencing.

“We are becoming addicted to wanting particular outcomes, not living with the outcomes we don’t like,” Thomas said broadly of the American public, according to the New York Post.

“We can’t be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want,” he added. “The events from earlier this week are a symptom of that.”

Anti-SCOTUS protests could be federal crimes

The Post noted that federal law enforcement was compelled to install eight-foot non-scalable fencing around the Supreme Court in order to keep enraged pro-abortion protesters at bay, but that precautionary measure only seemed to prompt the angry activists to target the homes of the justices for protests instead.

Those protests are, at least in theory, felony crimes that could be prosecuted under a federal statute dealing with unlawful “picketing and parading” known as 18 US Code Sec. 1507.

That statute says, in the relevant part, that anybody with an “intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge” who then “pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge” can be fined and imprisoned for up to one year.

Whether any of the leftist protesters are prosecuted for violating that particular statute via demonstrations outside the Supreme Court and the private residences of Republican-appointed justices is something that remains unclear at this point.

Roberts says “appalling” leak won’t sway court’s work

Meanwhile, NBC News reported that Chief Justice John Roberts also appeared to make somewhat defiant remarks of his own in relation to what had transpired last week, though his comments seemed more focused on the unprecedented leak of a draft opinion that had yet to be finalized and publicly released.

Roberts spoke Thursday at that same judicial conference for the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta and said, “A leak of this stature is absolutely appalling.” Of the as-yet-unknown leaker, Roberts added, “If the person behind it thinks that it will affect our work, that’s just foolish.”

The comments from both Thomas and Roberts would seem to suggest that, regardless of outraged protesters and their efforts to intimidate the court’s members into changing the apparent outcome of a major abortion case, the court and its members will not be “bullied” or swayed and, quite possibly, may even become more firmly entrenched in their previously staked out positions.

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