Clarence Thomas Insists ‘Personal Preferences’ Don’t Sway Supreme Court Judges

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During a recent lecture at the University of Notre Dame, Justice Clarence Thomas defended the independence of the Supreme Court, saying that justices are not ruling based on “personal preferences,” and warned against “destroying our institutions because they don’t give us what we want, when we want it,” reports the Washington Post.

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 mere politicians in robes. In recent weeks, Justice Stephen G. Breyer, during a book tour, 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.

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