Our decisions should not be driven by a desire to be revered or lionized for reaching certain outcomes. We are not mass media icons. We are judges, nothing more and nothing less.
— Justice Clarence Thomas, in comments given during the dedication ceremony for the new Nathan Deal Judicial Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Thomas continued, adding, “[W]e judges … must be disciplined and on guard to make sure that we do not overstep our bounds. Each time a judge sidesteps or manipulates the law to achieve the desired outcome, the rule of law suffers.”
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