In the wake of a leaked draft Supreme Court judgment that would overturn Roe v. Wade, reproductive-rights protesters have continued to demonstrate that the court cannot be “bullied” into making a result that some would prefer.
As NBC News reported, Thomas spoke to a conference mostly consisting of lawyers and judges at the 11th Circuit Judicial Conference in Atlanta on Friday. “We can’t be an institution that can be intimidated into providing you exactly the outcomes you want,” he said. This is exemplified by the events of earlier this week,” says the author.
‘We’re becoming addicted to the desire for specific results rather than the ability to live with the consequences we don’t like,’ Thomas added.
Thomas, one of the more conservative justices on the bench, made some allusions to the protests against the leaked draft ruling in his opening statement.
The leak was described as “absolutely awful” by Chief Justice John Roberts, who spoke at the same conference the day before. This past week, the court confirmed the legitimacy of the document published by Politico and ordered a probe into the leak, which was authorized by Roberts.
Roberts stated the following in a report published by the court on Tuesday: “If the purpose of this betrayal of the Court’s confidences was to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will be a complete and total failure. The work of the Court will be unaffected in any manner by this decision.”
According to the court’s statement, the draft opinion that was leaked does not represent the court’s final view.