In the midst of unusual circumstances, the Supreme Court has been reviewing the validity of the 1973 statute.Conservative Brief alleges that a draft majority judgment written by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked to Politico in early May, sparking a social media uproar.
Alito comments, “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.”
He says in the document, “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
“We, therefore, hold the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion. Roe and Casey must be overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives.”
Conservative Brief continues, following the publication of Alito’s draft majority opinion, it is expected that at least five justices voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, enabling state legislators to determine their own abortion policies.
The leak itself was unprecedented, as were protests at the private residences of SCOTUS judges and threats made during a discussion.
The Supreme Court is treating the disclosure with extreme gravity.
CNN reports that, in response to the leak, the nation’s top court has mandated that legal clerks produce cell phone records and sign affidavits.
“Some clerks are apparently so alarmed over the moves, particularly the sudden requests for private cell data, that they have begun exploring whether to hire outside counsel. The court’s moves are unprecedented and the most striking development to date in the investigation into who might have provided Politico with the draft opinion it published on May 2,” reports CNN.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
“The probe has intensified the already high tensions at the Supreme Court, where the conservative majority is poised to roll back a half-century of abortion rights and privacy protections. Chief Justice John Roberts met with law clerks as a group after the breach, CNN has learned, but it is not known whether any systematic individual interviews have occurred,” the report added.
But the court seems to be close to a ruling in the case, and one legal expert says he sees the direction of the SCOTUS opinion. Read more…