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The newly confirmed to the Supreme Court, Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is set to take Justice Breyer’s seat next term, declined to give comment when asked about the protest gatherings outside Supreme Court Justice’s homes.
When asked about the leaked draft opinion Ketanji gave an obtuse answer replying, “Everybody who is familiar with the court and the way in which it works was shocked by that. Such a departure from normal order”.
During her confirmation hearing, Brown couldn’t define what a woman is because as she put it, “I’m not a biologist”. Roe vs. Wade, by definition of many on the left, is a women’s health issue, while many on the right view it as a protection of preborn human life rights issue. This ruling along with Planned Parenthood v. Casey stands to be overturned if the draft opinion becomes the official decision of the court.
Ketanji wouldn’t call the leak good or bad. Chief Justice John Roberts called the leak an, “egregious breach of trust” and ordered and investigation into the leak. Roberts also said he hopes, “one bad apple” doesn’t change “people’s perception” of the Supreme Court.
Justice Clarence Thomas also called the leak “tremendously bad”. Thomas had a lot to say about the leak, “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”
“And the institution that I’m a part of, if someone said that one line of one opinion would be leaked by anyone, you would say that, ‘Oh, that’s impossible. No one would ever do that’.”
He continued, “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.”
He concluded with, “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.”
As far as the public is aware the investigation into the leak is still ongoing and no new information has come to light as of yet. Many on the left held protests across the country over the leaked draft opinion. The court could release the final opinion at any time, however, it sounds like we will know sometime in June how the court will decide Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.