Justice Thomas: Judges Must Uphold Law, Even When Unpopular

Posted on February 11, 2020 11:01 am

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Judges must resist the temptation to bend their rulings to personal racial, religious or partisan preferences and instead uphold the rule of law, even when that leads to unpopular decisions, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Tuesday.

“Each time a judge sidesteps or manipulates the law to achieve his or her desired outcome, the rule of law suffers and is undermined and, eventually, compromised,” Thomas said in a keynote speech during the dedication of Georgia’s new judicial center in Atlanta.

Thomas is a Georgia native, born in the Pin Point community near Savannah. It wasn’t long ago that courthouses like the