Clarence Thomas resolute: ‘We won’t be bullied’ over Roe ruling, Roberts slams ‘appalling’ leak

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas informed the left on Friday that the high court cannot be “bullied” over its decision concerning the landmark abortion case Roe vs. Wade and Chief Justice John Roberts called the leak of the draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito “absolutely appalling.”

Following the leak to Politico, a wave of furious pro-abortion protesters assailed the Supreme Court prompting authorities to install security barriers and a high fence to protect the conservative justices sitting on the court. Meanwhile, the FBI has been tasked with investigating who leaked the opinion causing the political firestorm to ensue.

As a society, “we are becoming addicted to wanting particular outcomes, not living with the outcomes we don’t like,” Thomas noted while he spoke at a judicial conference in Atlanta.

“We can’t be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want. The events from earlier this week are a symptom of that,” he stated, putting the left on notice that the court will not bow to pressure on whatever the final ruling is concerning Roe vs. Wade.

The final ruling is slated to be handed down in June and, if the case is overturned, the power to determine the legality of abortions will be returned to the states.

Thomas also stated that he believes Supreme Court justices are obligated to take a fresh look at established precedent and shouldn’t be bound by the judicial doctrine called “stare decisis.”

“We use stare decisis as a mantra when we don’t want to think,” Thomas remarked. He noted that the Supreme Court is the “end of the line.” If the justices “don’t take a look at it, who does?”

Justice Alito canceled an appearance at another court conference on Friday. He sent a video message that stated it would have been “impractical” to attend due to circumstances surrounding the leak, according to individuals who attended the conference.

Thomas, however, was not deterred and spoke at the 11th Circuit Judicial Conference. Attorneys and judges from the Atlanta-based federal appeals court and the federal district courts of Georgia, Florida, and Alabama attended the event.

Chief Justice John Roberts called the leak of the draft opinion “absolutely appalling” in a talk given on Thursday. He dismissed any possibility that the leak would affect the Supreme Court’s final decision.

“A leak of this stature is absolutely appalling,” Roberts stated. “If the person behind it thinks that it will affect our work, that’s just foolish.”

“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito wrote in the draft opinion. “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled.”

“It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives,” the conservative justice contended.

Justices Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barret, and Neil Gorsuch concurred with the opinion.

Twenty-six states are allegedly set to ban or limit abortion if Roe vs. Wade is overturned, according to the Daily Mail. Eighteen states already have some form of restriction on abortion in place.

Protesters surrounded the Supreme Court immediately following the reporting of the leak, exhibiting extreme anger and a call to violence against the justices who were part of the opinion.

As reported, militant, pro-choice activists doxxed the five conservative Supreme Court justices who are allegedly in favor of overturning the case as well as Chief Justice John Roberts. All are Republicans.

The pro-abortion organization “Ruth Sent Us” announced it would hold a “walk-by” on May 11 outside the Virginia and Maryland homes of Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, John Roberts, and Neil Gorsuch. Fox News is reporting that there has been a strong police presence at the justices’ homes following the leak.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked on Friday whether the president condones protesters trying to influence the justices over the case.

“The President believes in peaceful protest. He believes that’s part of our democracy and part of the history of the United States and this country,” Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One when grilled on the issue.

“But he also respects and understands the independence of the third branch of government, and — I mean, obviously, the Justice Department — but also the role of the Supreme Court and what they play,” she added. “So I wouldn’t say he has a view on that. He believes in peaceful protests, but they’re going to make decisions they make, and we’re not going to prejudge a final opinion.”

Fox News’ Peter Doocy also pressed Psaki on the issue, pointing out that some of the Justices have young children and that some of their neighbors are not public figures.

“So would the president think about waving off activists who want to go into residential neighborhoods in Virginia and Maryland?” Doocy asked her.

“I think our view here is that peaceful protests — there’s a long history in the United States in the country of that. And we’ve certainly encouraged people to keep it peaceful and not resort to any level of violence,” she responded.

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