U.S. Supreme Court launches probe into leak of draft abortion opinion

by mcardinal


U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday said the Supreme Court will investigate the leak of a draft decision in a news release issued by the court, confirming the draft opinion, dated from February, is authentic.

“To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed. The work of the court will not be affected in any way,” Roberts said.

“We at the Court are blessed to have a workforce – permanent employees and law clerks alike – intensely loyal to the institution and dedicated to the rule of law. Court employees have an exemplary and important tradition of respecting the confidentiality of the judicial process and upholding the trust of the Court,” he further commented. “This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court and the community of public servants who work here.”

He directed the court’s marshal to launch an investigation into the source of the leak.

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