Justice Alito Cancels Public Appearance After SCOTUS Leak on Roe v. Wade Draft

© AFP 2023 / STEFANI REYNOLDSA truck carrying un-scalable fencing sits outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on May 4, 2022
A truck carrying un-scalable fencing sits outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on May 4, 2022 - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.05.2022
Earlier this week, Politico published a draft opinion authored by SCOTUS Justice Samuel Alito which suggested the SCOTUS had voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, a 1973 decision that protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to elect to have an abortion without excessive government restriction. The source of the leak is now under investigation.
US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has canceled an upcoming speaking appearance at the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals' judicial conference, a gathering of New Orleans-based federal appeals court judges and District Court judges from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
The matter was reported by Reuters and confirmed by Patricia McCabe, a spokesperson for the high court.
“We cannot allow our decisions to be affected by any extraneous influences such as concern about the public’s reaction to our work,” Alito wrote in his draft opinion leaked earlier this week.
The leak of Alito’s majority opinion draft has spurred a number of questions, ranging from the upcoming midterm elections to the possible undoing of women’s autonomy.
Demonstrators protest outside of the Supreme Court Tuesday, May 3, 2022 in Washington. A draft opinion suggests the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a Politico report released Monday. Whatever the outcome, the Politico report represents an extremely rare breach of the court's secretive deliberation process, and on a case of surpassing importance. - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.05.2022
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On Tuesday, Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the authenticity of the leaked document and announced that he has directed the marshal of the court to launch a probe “into the source of the leak.”
“To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed,” Roberts said in a statement obtained by Politico. “The work of the Court will not be affected in any way.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined by the GOP leadership, meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Reacting to reports that the Supreme Court could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case, McConnell said the leak should be investigated and punished to the fullest extent possible.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.05.2022
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A final ruling on the matter is expected to be finalized either by late June or early July.
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