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Clarence Thomas: “Tremendously bad” Supreme Court leak shatters public trust

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Justice Clarence Thomas said Friday at an event in Dallas that the Supreme Court has been changed by the leak of a draft decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade earlier this month, calling it "tremendously bad," according to audio obtained by Reason Magazine.

Why it matters: Thomas, a conservative, said he believes the leak has damaged trust in the court and said that "we are in danger of destroying the institutions that are required for a free society."


  • The unprecedented leaked draft, first published by Politico, insinuated that the court was poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, a decision that would make abortion immediately illegal in several states.

What they're saying: "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," he added.

  • "And the institution that I'm a part of, if someone said that one line of one opinion would be leaked by anyone in you would say that, 'Oh, that's impossible. No one would ever do that.'"
  • "There was such a belief in the rule of law, belief in the court, a belief in what we were doing, that that was verboten. It was beyond anyone's understanding, or at least anyone's imagination, that someone would do that. And look where we are, where now that trust or that belief is gone forever."
  • "When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I'm in, it changes the institution fundamentally. You begin to look over your shoulder. It's like kind of an infidelity that you can explain it, but you can't undo it."
  • "I wonder how long we're going to have these institutions at the rate we're undermining them. And then I wonder when they're gone, or they are destabilized, what we will have as a country. And I don't think that the prospects are good if we continue to lose them."

Thomas also criticized recent peaceful pro-abortion protests outside of justices' homes, saying he believes conservatives would have never done the same.

  • "You would never visit Supreme Court Justice's houses when things didn't go our way. We didn't throw temper tantrums. It is incumbent on us to always act appropriately and not to repay tit for tat."

The big picture: Chief Justice John Roberts, after confirming the authenticity of the draft document, called the leak "absolutely appalling" and that he hopes "one bad apple" doesn't change "people's perception" of the Supreme Court.

Go deeper: Texts show Ginni Thomas pushed Meadows to help overturn 2020 election



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bodly
136 days ago
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He has it wrong. The leak isn't destroying trust in the court. The court is destroying trust in the court.
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Uncomfortable Truths

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bodly
234 days ago
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Great mouseover text. 'Why is it always "life is meaningless, which is why I'm being an asshole" and never "life is meaningless, which is why I'm kind to everyone regardless"?'
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DexX
237 days ago
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I'm with you, Steve.
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jlvanderzwan
239 days ago
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Impressive how he manages to make Steve look like it's wearing a wifebeater instead of just, you know, being a magpie

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bodly
802 days ago
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Here I am tearing up over a story about a robot. Again.
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gordol
802 days ago
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I want to cry, again.
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DexX
803 days ago
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LET YOUR COMMUNITY HELP YOU DAMN IT.
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Japan (America) fact of the day

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So consider the amount of standard daily doses of opioids consumed in Japan. And then double it. And then double it again. And then double it again. And then double it again. And then double it a fifth time. That would make Japan No. 2 in the world, behind the United States.

That is from German Lopez at Vox.

The post Japan (America) fact of the day appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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bodly
1834 days ago
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Wow
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Shadowban Special

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bodly
2165 days ago
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Scott Adams is slowly morphing into Alex Jones.
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superiphi
2165 days ago
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Wait, this is not fake, rewritten Dilbert?
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MaryEllenCG
2164 days ago
It's quotes from Scott Adams' blog. He really said these things.
wmorrell
2165 days ago
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I just got a bingo on my aggrieved white boy bingo card!
gangsterofboats
2165 days ago
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Someone actually bothered to make this. Is that person's time really that worthless?
MaryEllenCG
2165 days ago
Well, you took the time to read it, share it to Newsblur, and comment on the Tumblr, so what does that say about your time?
sirshannon
2165 days ago
Mr Adams has plenty of spare time these days.
MaryEllenCG
2165 days ago
And a history of making sock-puppet accounts to pretend to be a big fan of his own work!
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2139 days ago
Catbert would be a lurker.

Can you solve the frog riddle?

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From TED Ed: Can you solve the frog riddle?

You’re stranded in a rainforest, and you’ve eaten a poisonous mushroom. To save your life, you need an antidote excreted by a certain species of frog. Unfortunately, only the female frog produces the antidote. The male and female look identical, but the male frog has a distinctive croak. Derek Abbott shows how to use conditional probability to make sure you lick the right frog and get out alive.

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bodly
2394 days ago
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Why not just lick every frog of that species that you see?
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