Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) presented new legislation today that would punish future Supreme Court leakers accountable with a fine of $10,000 and ten years in jail should information regarding pending rulings be released. The proposal comes in response to last month’s unusual draft judgment that suggested the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
In an interview with reporters, Cassidy clarified that if the Stop Supreme Court Leakers Act of 2022 were to become law, no one would be incarcerated or fined for leaking the draft ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, but any profits made from the document would be confiscated.
“There is a portion in there which seizes profit stemming from the crime. So the person who wants to do a book deal where they’re going to profit from what they’ve done, that would be affected,” Cassidy stated, pointing out that media contributions and paid speaking events would also fall under this category.
“Whoever disclosed this draft opinion and any future leakers must face the repercussions of the damage they cause,” Cassidy noted.
Almost two months after someone leaked the draft of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the court has discussed the unparalleled breach of trust that happened.
Justice Samuel Alito authored the leaked draft, which was released by POLITICO. As a result, the ruling announced on Friday was quite close to the original draft.
However, the identity of the leaker is still unclear.
As soon as the May 2 leak happened, Chief Justice John Roberts requested the court marshal to investigate the matter and discover out who was responsible. Roberts added that the leak was designed to “undermine the integrity of our operations.”
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And he was right. Roe vs. Wade was overturned.
At the time and on Friday, Roberts did not agree to overturn Roe but established the Dobbs portion of the Dobbs decision, which bans abortions after 15 weeks in Mississippi.
The Daily Wire reported yesterday that it “has repeatedly pressed the court as to what stage its investigation is at, more than 50 days after the leak, and whether the leaker has been identified. A spokeswoman for the Supreme Court has not addressed these requests for comment.” CONTINUE READING…