Chief Justice John Roberts launched an investigation into the leak of a draft decision overturning Roe V. Wade, suggesting the “egregious breach of that trust” was an inside job.
Politico on Monday evening released the draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito and signed onto by Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett. The decision was expected sometime in the coming weeks, but the draft decision, confirmed as authentic by Roberts, rattled the high court. Roberts said he has “directed the Marshal of the Court to launch an investigation into the source of the leak.”
“Yesterday, a news organization published a copy of a draft opinion in a pending case. Justices circulate draft opinions internally as a routine and essential part of the Court’s confidential deliberative work,” the release said. “Although the document described in yesterday’s reports is authentic, it does not represent a decision by the Court or the final portion of any remember on the issue in the case.”
Court employees have an exemplary and important tradition of respecting the confidentiality of the judicial process and upholding the trust of the Court,” Roberts wrote. “This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court and the community of public servants who work here.”
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