The individual or people who leaked the U.S. Supreme Court draft ruling that overturns Roe v. Wade still have not been publicly identified nearly a month after the unprecedented action.
CNN reports U.S. Supreme Court Marshall Gail Curley is leading the investigation, and Chief Justice John Roberts recently met with all the justices’ law clerks about the leak.
While many suspect a law clerk may have been the person who leaked the draft document, there is no evidence of this — at least not publicly, and the news outlet estimated as many as 75 people, including the justices, clerks and office staff, may have had access to the draft.
In early May, Politico broke the news about the leaked draft ruling on the Mississippi abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. The draft, which is not final, shows five of the nine justices agreeing to overturn Roe and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again.
Individuals with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that authorities are taking steps to request cell phone records and signed affidavits from the justices’ clerks.
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Here’s more from the report:
There are protocols for handling drafts of court opinions, which circulate electronically on a closed system, separate from the computer system the justices and court employees use to communicate with people outside the court. Yet it is possible for printed copies to leave the building under even innocent circumstances, as work is taken home.
Court officials are secretive even in normal times. No progress reports related to the leak investigation have been made public, and it is not clear whether any report from the probe will ever be released.
The news outlet described these investigative actions as “unprecedented,” but so was the leak. It resulted in massive protests and violence as well as illegal attempts to intimidate the justices.
At least one justice, Samuel Alito, the author of the draft opinion, and his family were moved from their home to a secure location due to the threats of violence. A fence and concrete barriers also have been erected around the Supreme Court building.
The Department of Homeland Security released a report warning that radical abortion activists are threatening to burn down or storm the Supreme Court building and murder justices and their law clerks if the court overturns Roe. The report indicates these pro-abortion extremists also plan to target churches and other places of worship.
This already has started. Dozens of churches, pro-life organizations and individuals have been targets of arson, vandalism, assault, threats and harassment since the leak.
Many expect the high court will release its final ruling on the Dobbs case in June. If the court overturns Roe, the Guttmacher Institute predicts that 26 states may ban abortions. This would lead to hundreds of thousands of unborn babies being saved across the U.S.
Polls consistently show that most Americans support stronger legal protections for unborn babies than what Roe allows. LifeNews highlighted 11 recent polls here. A new Rasmussen poll shows more Americans want Roe v. Wade overturned (48 percent) than want the ruling to remain in place (45 percent).
Since 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions.