First it was justice Breyer…..
Then justice Barrett….
Now it’s justice Thomas…..
The US Supreme Court in its recent hurried Texas abortion ruling has stirred up a legal and political hornets nest….
Now the judges seem to be trying to sell their jobs, court and actions to audiences ….
“We’ve gotten to the point where we’re really good at finding something that separates us,” Thomas told the crowd of more than 800 students and faculty gathered at the school’s performing arts center.
Thomas is the latest justice to add his voice to the mix and publicly come to the court’s defense in the face of growing criticism that the nine justices are merely politicians in robes.
“I think the media makes it sound as though you are just always going right to your personal preference. So if they think you are antiabortion or something personally, they think that’s the way you always will come out. They think you’re for this or for that. They think you become like a politician,” Thomas said in response to a question about public misconceptions of the court.
“That’s a problem. You’re going to jeopardize any faith in the legal institutions.”
In recent weeks, Justice Stephen G. Breyer, during a book tour, has emphasized that he and his colleagues are not “junior league” politicians. Last week, the court’s newest member, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, told a crowd in Kentucky that justices are not a “bunch of partisan hacks” and that their divisions are based on competing judicial philosophies, not partisanship….
And even during its traditional summer recess, the justices have continued to issue rulings, including emergency orders overturning pandemic-related restrictions, telling the executive branch it must reinstate a Trump-era immigration policy and refusing to block a Texas ban on abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy.