Justice Clarence Thomas Says ‘Tremendously Bad’ Roe Leak Has ‘Fundamentally’ Harmed Court Forever: ‘You Can’t Undo It’
In a Q&A on Friday, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said that the leak of a draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade has fundamentally altered the institution, and that conservatives would never go after liberal judges the way Democrats have conservative ones in recent years.
Thomas made his remarks at the Old Parkland Conference in Dallas on Friday, an event that was hosted by the American Enterprise Institute, the Hoover Institution, and the Manhattan Institute.
During his on-stage Q&A, Thomas was prompted by Berkeley law professor John Yoo to comment on the importance of institutions and how they are affected by that leak of a draft opinion authored by Justice Samuel Alito for the majority on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, as well as on “protests at Justices’ homes, and what we’re seeing in the wake of this leak of the alleged Dobbs draft opinion.”
“I think we are in danger of destroying the institutions that are required for a free society,” said Thomas. “You can’t have a civil society, a free society, without a stable legal system. You can’t have one without stability and things like property or interpretation and impartial judiciary.”