Clarence Thomas awaits his chance to drive the conservative majority on abortion and guns

Clarence Thomas awaits his chance to drive the conservative majority on abortion and guns

Associate Justice Clarence Thomas sits during a group photo at the Supreme Court (CNN)Twenty-nine years ago, less than a year after he had taken the bench, Justice Clarence Thomas joined a dissent calling the landmark opinion Roe v. Wade "plainly wrong" and an "erroneous constitutional decision." Over the years Thomas would say Roe had "no basis in the Constitution" and call out the court’s abortion precedents as "grievously wrong." He also took aim at challenges to the Second Amendment, accusing lower courts and his own colleagues of thumbing their noses at the right to bear arms, calling it a "disfavored right." Now Thomas is 72 years old with a head of gray hair and he is awaiting a new season on a 6-3 conservative majority court. The justices have agreed to hear a case next term that critics — and some supporters — say is meant to gut Roe. They will also hear a Second Amendment case that could expand gun rights . And Thomas, the longest-serving member of the court, will likely find himself in the majority. How Trump and McConnell set the final pieces for the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade Now, he’s lasted long enough to potentially see a shift not only in the areas of abortion and the Second Amendment but also in other key areas, including affirmative action and voting rights. Thomas has also witnessed Chief Justice John Roberts, ever the incrementalist and the institutionalist, press the brake at times to slow […]

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