Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has revealed that he has a pretty good idea of who leaked the document that revealed the Dobbs decision and Roe v. Wade would be overturned.
The leak caused an atmosphere of suspicion and distrust that was damaging to the court’s operations.
Chief Justice John Roberts directed the marshal of the Supreme Court to investigate the leak, but investigators were unable to determine the identity of the person or persons who disclosed the draft majority opinion, The Wall Street Journal opinion article states.
‘Our bodies, our voice’ — Abortion rights activists gathered outside the Virginia home of Justice Samuel Alito to protest his leaked Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade pic.twitter.com/a82ipfEH6d
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Justice Alito agrees that the evidence was insufficient for a public accusation, but he personally has a good idea of who is responsible. “I personally have a pretty good idea who is responsible, but that’s different from the level of proof that is needed to name somebody,” he says. He’s certain about the motive: “It was a part of an effort to prevent the Dobbs draft . . . from becoming the decision of the court. And that’s how it was used for those six weeks by people on the outside—as part of the campaign to try to intimidate the court.”
He is certain about the motive, stating that it was part of an effort to prevent the Dobbs draft from becoming the decision of the court. This was used for six weeks by people on the outside as part of a campaign to try to intimidate the court.
"Justice Alito said the leak of the Dobbs decision made them all targets of assassination. Garland and Biden support dangerous and illegal intimidation of Supreme Court justices!" @TomFitton. pic.twitter.com/f6t6FvYPNe
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The campaign included unlawful assemblies outside justices’ homes, which was not the worst of it.
Justice Alito states that “those of us who were thought to be in the majority, thought to have approved my draft opinion, were really targets of assassination.” He added that “it was rational for people to believe that they might be able to stop the decision in Dobbs by killing one of us.” On June 8, an armed man was arrested outside the home of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The suspect was later charged with attempted assassination and has pleaded not guilty.