Supreme Court judges do not rule according to personal views and are not politicians, claims conservative justice Clarence Thomas he said on Thursday night.
“I think the media always sounds like you’re just going according to your personal preferences,” Thomas said. at the University of Notre Dame Indiana.
“Well, if they think you’re against abortion or something, they think you’ll always come out that way. They think you’re for this or that. They think you’re becoming like a politician.
“That’s the problem. You will jeopardize any faith in legal institutions. ”
Proponents of the right to abortion fear that the move represents a formal repeal of Roe v. Wade, a 1973 verdict guaranteeing that right, through case from Mississippi.
“We’ve reached a point where we’re really good at finding something that separates us,” Thomas said.
He also said, “It’s not about winning and losing in court.”
Thomas is just the latest justice to insist that members of a court where liberals are numerically greater than 6-3 do not rule according to political beliefs.
Last week conservative Amy Coney Barrett he said “Judicial philosophy is not the same as political parties” and he claimed that the court “does not consist of a bunch of partisan hacks”.
She is speaking at a Kentucky center named Mitch McConnell, a Republican Senate leader who defied the convention to block Barack Obama’s third election in court, oversaw two Donald Trump elections, including extremely controversial Brett Kavanaugh, then set his own precedent to hasten Barrett’s confirmation instead of the liberal lion, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, just before the last election.
At 83, Liberal Judge Stephen Breyer is the oldest member of the court, targeting calls to retire from progressives who see the window narrow to be replaced by the Democratic White House and Senate.
Breyer said he had no intention of dying in the field, as Ginsburg did, but did not indicate when he could step down.
He also wrote the book “Court Administration and the Danger to Politics”. Last weekend he said Fox News Sunday: “I’m here for everyone. I’m not just here for Democrats. I’m not just here for Republicans. And I’m not just because the president was the Democrat who appointed me. ”
Joe Biden promised to put a Black Woman on the field. In Peril, a new book coming out next week, Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa detail how that promise, a political act in itself, is the result of the support of South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn who did much to promote Biden through the Oval Office election.
Thomas, the only African-American on the ground, has been consistently present on the right since his existence extremely controversial confirmation In 1991, when a former colleague accused him of sexual harassment. In Notre Dame, protesters shouted “I still believe in Anita Hill” before they were removed.
Thomas said he “almost never” changed his mind because of the oral discussions. Notorious for rarely speaking during such proceedings, he made headlines in 2016 breaking a ten-year silence ask questions in defense of the right to bear arms.
In Notre Dame, he said lawyers sometimes worked so badly that judges changed. He also said that some verdicts “strongly conflict with my personal opinion, my political preferences”.
Many on the left want Biden to expand the court as a way to restore its ideological balance, thus playing the kind of hardball policy that Republicans used without regret. The Constitution does not limit the number of judges in a court.
Thomas did not address this issue directly. But it is say The United States should be “very, very careful” about “destroying our institutions.”
“The court was considered the least dangerous branch [of government] and we may have become the most dangerous, ”he said.