There have been several new developments regarding who may have disclosed the draft opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark Dobbs v. Jackson case in May.
A new report by Newsmax’s Marisa Herman describes how the justices’ votes became even more confident after the draft decision was disclosed to Politico prior to its official announcement last year.
Given that the Supreme Leaker has not been identified for more than a year, there is “frustration” that the government was able to determine who allegedly leaked recent classified documents containing secrets about the Ukraine-Russia conflict. In less than a week, Jack Teixeira, a 21-year-old Air National Guardsman suspected of leaking classified US documents online, was identified and apprehended.
In her new book, “Nine Black Robes: Inside the Supreme Court’s Drive to the Right and Its Historic Consequences,” author Joan Biskupic writes that when the decision was revealed, the Justices believed they were either locked into their decisions or risking the Court’s credibility.
In December 2021, when the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the conservative majority appeared prepared to uphold the Mississippi law prohibiting abortions after 15 weeks, effectively overturning Roe. Justice Samuel Alito was tasked with drafting an opinion reflecting the court’s position, which would have been distributed for the justices to evaluate and decide whether they would concur or dissenge.
Although justices can modify their position and vote on a ruling before and after an opinion is released, Biskupic reported that after Alito’s draft opinion on Roe was leaked in May, the justices who were leaning toward overturning Roe were resolved not to waver.
In February, there was a new development in the investigation into who may have disclosed a draft opinion from the United States Supreme Court.
CNN reported that the Supreme Court’s document security consisted of so-called “burn bags” that were left unattended in hallways.
“Long before the leak of a draft opinion reversing Roe v. Wade, some Supreme Court justices often used personal email accounts for sensitive transmissions instead of secure servers set up to guard such information, among other security lapses not made public in the court’s report on the investigation last month,” CNN Supreme Court Reporter Ariane de Vogue said.
“New details revealed to CNN by multiple sources familiar with the court’s operations offer an even more detailed picture of yearslong lax internal procedures that could have endangered security, led to the leak, and hindered an investigation into the culprit,” the reporter said.
“Supreme Court employees also used printers that didn’t produce logs – or were able to print sensitive documents off-site without tracking – and ‘burn bags’ meant to ensure the safe destruction of materials were left open and unattended in hallways,” she said.
“This has been going on for years,” a former employee said.
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