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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas this week slammed the unauthorized leak of a draft opinion from the Court earlier this month, claiming that the leak undermined the court itself and potentially destabilized it as a U.S. institution.
Speaking at an event hosted by the American Enterprise Institute in Dallas, Thomas said of the leak—which indicated that the court may overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion—that it was “beyond anyone’s understanding, or at least anyone’s imagination, that someone would do that.”
“[Y]ou begin to look over your shoulder,” he said of the security breach “It’s like kind of an infidelity, that you can explain it, but you can’t undo it.”
The country has been hit by protests in the wake of the leak, with activists showing up at the homes of SCOTUS justices to protest the presumed end of federal control over abortion policy.
Thomas characterized the leak as “tremendously bad.”
“I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them,” he said, “and then I wonder when they’re gone or they are destabilized, what we’ll have as a country — and I don’t think that the prospects are good if we continue to lose them.”