“Boy, is your job needed today,” declared George W. Bush’s appointee. “Congratulations to the Federalist Society for 40 years.”
Alito made no mention of the shocking court ruling in June Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization or its repeal Roe v Wadebut shortly after he left the stage one of the party’s announcers saluted Alito for his burning opinion which destroys the reasoning Roe.
“The Dobbs This decision will forever be an indelible part of Justice Alito’s legacy, ”said Steven Markham, founder of the group’s DC division. As the crowd cheered Alito, Markham paid the praise. “I don’t know of any decision in any court, any judge that this judge could be more proud of in this legacy,” he said, evoking further applause.
The court ruling in June – and POLITICO’s publication of Alito’s draft opinion two months before the final decision was issued – sparked protests in court, across the country, and in the homes of several conservative judges.
When Judge Amy Coney Barrett took the stage on Thursday night, the crowd also gave her solid applause, prompting her to jokingly refer to these demonstrations. “It’s really fun to have a lot of noise that protesters in front of my house aren’t making,” President Donald Trump’s appointee quipped.
Two other Trump Supreme Court elections – Judges Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh – were also on hand at the gala but did not make any public comments.
In addition to the protests, conservative judges have received various threats in the run-up to and after the ab*rtion ruling. Alito recently said he was concerned about an att*ck. In addition, in early June, a California man was arrested outside Kavanaugh’s Maryland home and charged with attempting to assassinate the judiciary.
Given these fears, the meeting on Thursday was held in extreme secrecy and unprecedented security. The dinner program was not announced in advance, although individual judges have been the main speakers in recent years.
Civilian policemen followed the judges, uniformed policemen were stationed around the perimeter of the event, and the Supreme Court police armed with rifles stood next to journalists on a balcony overlooking the hall.
At least two famous figures from the Capitol were present: the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Kentucky and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who is scheduled to speak at the group’s annual conference on Friday.
During Thursday’s presentation, attendees also heard Leonard Leo, a prominent leader of the Federalist Society, who played a key role in Trump’s Supreme Court selection and engineering efforts to bring conservatives across the federal judiciary. Leo joked that many on the left saw him as a “Darth Vader” character.
“I looked at that Darth Vader and said boy, I want to be like him when I grow up,” said Leo, who is known for his amazing fundraising efforts.
Leo said he admired the influence of the Federalist Society for more than four decades and wanted the organization to continue its work.
“After 40 years, our successes have multiplied and our mission is more important and urgent than ever,” he said. “It’s been great to celebrate this milestone. Let equality once again dedicate itself to spreading the principles and practices that are dear to us, and together, for the sake of our country and culture, let us make this mighty oak and everything around it even stronger. “
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