The justices who supported overturning Roe v. Wade are now being revealed as being in danger as a result of Politico’s unprecedented publication leak of the Supreme Court draft opinion. The news organization that leaked the opinion seemed unconcerned about the harm they inflicted.
SCOTUS Justice Samuel Alito, who initially wrote the leaked draft and the court’s conservative majority’s final conclusion, stated on Tuesday that the leak resulted in numerous issues.
During a question-and-answer session at The Heritage Foundation, Alito said, “The leak also made those of us who were thought to be in the majority in support of overruling Roe and Casey targets for assassination because it gave people a rational reason to think they could prevent that from happening by killing one of us.”
According to Alito, there is evidence to support his claim that the justices’ lives were in jeopardy: In June, a California man was detained outside Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Maryland home and charged with attempted murder after being found with a gun, a knife, and other tools. According to law officials, the man, Nicholas Roske, claimed he was furious over the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and the draft decision that suggested Roe would be overturned.
The leak of the draft ruling to Politico in May, according to Alito, “changed the climate” at the Supreme Court for the remainder of its term, which ended this summer. This included making the justices targets of violence.
“It was a grave betrayal of trust by somebody and it was a shock because nothing like this had happened in the past.” he said.
“Alito’s final majority opinion striking down Roe in June closely mirrored his draft, the release of which sparked protests outside the Supreme Court and some of the justices’ homes. The Supreme Court police reported a “significant increase in violent threats,” including threats made on social media and directed at members of the court, according to a May intelligence bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security, and Attorney General Merrick Garland directed the U.S. Marshals Service to provide additional support to the marshal of the Supreme Court to ensure the safety of the justices amid the public backlash,” CBS News reported, adding:
“Chief Justice John Roberts directed the marshal of the court to investigate the leak, though it’s unclear whether the identity of the person who provided the draft opinion to Politico is known.”
“Everybody in this country is free to disagree with our decisions. There’s no question about that. Everybody is free to criticize our reasoning, and in strong terms. And that certainly is done in the media and in writings of law professors and on social media,” he said. “But to say that the court is exhibiting a lack of integrity is something quite different. That goes to character.”
Alito added that an individual “crosses an important line when they say that the court is acting in a way that is illegitimate. I don’t think anybody in a position of authority should make that claim lightly. That’s not just ordinary criticism. That is something very different.”
The justice also commented on suggestions to increase the number of Supreme Court seats, stating that Congress determines the size even though nine is a “good number.” However, Alito also posed a rhetorical query in an effort to directly address arguments against the legitimacy of the court.
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“If Congress were to change the size of the court, and the public perceived that the reason for changing the size of the court was to influence decisions in future cases that Congress anticipated the court making, deciding at some point in the foreseeable future, what would that do to the public perception of our independence and legitimacy?” he asked.
From Politico’s point of view, it doesn’t seem to be a big deal what they did, according to their report on Alito’s Tuesday comments:
“The justice said the unauthorized disclosure made the justices presumed to be in the majority “targets for assassination.”. CONTINUE READING…