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Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas dismissed the idea of pressuring the court for desirable results during a court conference on Friday.
Thomas spoke at the 11th Circuit Judicial Conference in Atlanta this week, where he discussed the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion for the first time. The opinion would overturn Roe v. Wade if it was made official, causing panic among Democrats and protests against the court.
“We can’t be an institution that can be bullied into just giving you the results you want. The events earlier this week are a symptom of that,” Thomas said, according to reports.
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However, Thomas did not dwell on the subject at length and only made passing reference to the ongoing scandal at the Supreme Court.
Thomas was hospitalized in Washington, DC with “flu-like symptoms” for a week due to an illness that the Supreme Court ruled was unrelated to the coronavirus. The 73-year-old completely missed a week of oral argument before participating remotely the following week.
Thomas has served on the Supreme Court since 1991 after being nominated by former President George HW Bush to succeed Thurgood Marshall, the nation’s first black justice.
Thomas, as senior judge, decides who writes the majority opinion if Chief Justice John Roberts is in the minority in a case.
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Chief Justice John Roberts spoke at the same conference on Thursday, where he called the leak “absolutely appalling.” The judge then dismissed any question that the leak would affect the Supreme Court’s final decision.
“A leak of this magnitude is absolutely appalling,” Roberts said. “If the person behind this thinks it will affect our work, that’s just stupid.”