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    Jackson broke her silence on the explosive Supreme Court leak during a largely easygoing interview about her role as a mentor to students and her personal interests such as the show 'Survivor' Incoming Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson on Monday broke her silence over a leaked draft opinion indicating the high court is poised to strike down the landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade. She's the latest figure to weigh in on the fallout after an anonymous leaker handed the memo to Politico earlier this month.  The opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, makes clear that the conservative jurist believes the issue of abortion should be left up to each individual state.  Jackson, who will be the first black woman on the Supreme Court after Justice Stephen Breyer retires in the summer, was asked by the Washington Post about her reaction to seeing the leaked draft. 'Everybody who is familiar with the court and the way in which it works was shocked by that. Such a departure from normal order,' the judge said. She refused to say whether she...
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas believes the controversial draft opinion leak may have forever changed the relationship dynamic between the high court and the American public. On Friday, May 13, Thomas appeared at the Old Parkland Conference in Dallas, Texas. During the conference, which, according to the Associated Press, has been described as an outlet “to discuss alternative proven approaches to tackling the challenges facing Black Americans today,” Thomas expressed concern about Americans' loss of trust in the court. “When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally," Thomas said of the draft opinion that suggests the Supreme Court is slated to overturn Roe v. Wade. "You begin to look over your shoulder. It’s like kind of an infidelity that you can explain it, but you can’t undo it." In fact, one man in the audience even asked Thomas about the relationship dynamics between past justices. Although there have always been liberal and conservative justices on the bench, it's no secret the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the late Justice...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas says the Supreme Court has been changed by the shocking leak of a draft opinion earlier this month. The opinion suggests the court is poised to overturn the right to an abortion recognized nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade. The conservative Thomas, who joined the court in 1991 and has long called for Roe v. Wade to be overturned, described the leak as an unthinkable breach of trust. “When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally. You begin to look over your shoulder. It’s like kind of an infidelity that you can explain it, but you can’t undo it,” he said while speaking at a conference Friday evening in Dallas. The court has said the draft does not represent the final position of any of the court’s members, and Chief Justice John Roberts has ordered an investigation into the leak. Thomas, a nominee of President George H.W. Bush, said it was beyond “anyone’s imagination” before the May 2 leak of the opinion...
    Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is keeping mum on the recently leaked draft opinion that signals the pending overturning of nearly 50 years of precedent surrounding abortion access in the United States. During a virtual speech at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School in northern Virginia Thursday evening, Alito declined to answer an audience member's question about the relationship between the nine justices on the high court following the monumental leak of the draft. SUPREME COURT PREPARES FOR FIRST CONFERENCE SINCE LEAKED ABORTION OPINION “This is a subject I told myself I wasn’t going to talk about today regarding, you know, given all the circumstances,” Alito responded, according to the Washington Post. “The court right now, we had our conference this morning. We’re doing our work," Alito said. "We’re taking new cases. We’re headed toward the end of the term, which is also a frenetic time as we get our opinions out." “So that’s where we are,” Alito said, noting the high court is slated to complete its term toward the end of June or by early July. Alito's...
    The first “leak,” though unprecedented, was survivable. There have been other instances of justices telegraphing their opinions on a forthcoming ruling (albeit through less crude and blatant means than divulging a complete first draft opinion). People make mistakes; and even the deliberate, rogue actions of a single individual can be explained or excused by simple negligence or lack of foresight from those responsible for keeping the Supreme Court’s opinions confidential. But what we see now, with (apparently) multiple follow-up leaks is a court that has lost—or thrown away—any semblance of integrity. xThe Court is a sieve at this point. And all the attributed leaks we know of are from conservatives, which suggests the initial opinion leak likely was as well. https://t.co/dB0eLQJ4iO— Rachel Barkow (@RachelBarkow) May 11, 2022 As reported by Josh Gerstein, Alexander Ward, and Ryan Lizza, writing for POLITICO, since the initial bombshell leak of Justice Alito’s purported majority opinion overruling Roe v. Wade, the court, far from buttoning its lips, has continued to leak confidential information like a veritable gusher. Justice Samuel Alito’s sweeping and blunt draft majority opinion...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court’s nine justices will gather in private Thursday for their first scheduled meeting since the leak of a draft opinion that would overrule Roe v. Wade and sharply curtail abortion rights in roughly half the states. The meeting in the justices’ private, wood-paneled conference room could be a tense affair in a setting noted for its decorum. No one aside from the justices attends and the most junior among them, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, is responsible for taking notes. Thursday’s conference comes at an especially fraught moment, with the future of abortion rights at stake and an investigation underway to try to find the source of the leak. Chief Justice John Roberts last week confirmed the authenticity of the opinion, revealed by Politico, in ordering the court’s marshal to undertake an investigation. Roberts stressed that the draft, written by Justice Samuel Alito and circulated in February, may not be the court’s final word. Supreme Court decisions are not final until they are formally issued and the outcomes in some cases changed between the justices’ initial...
    Justices on the Supreme Court are preparing to meet on Thursday for their first conference amid fallout from the leaked draft opinion that, if published, would erode abortion access in roughly half of the nation. The leaked draft opinion, authored by Justice Samuel Alito, incited protests outside the high court and throughout the nation on May 2 and in the succeeding days. Since then, protesters organized outside Alito's house on Monday and amassed outside the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh over the weekend. “There are concerns for the integrity of the institution," one person close to the court said in a statement to Politico on Wednesday. “The views are uniform," the source added, noting that both Republican-appointed and Democratic-appointed justices are "as shocked as anyone." SUPREME COURT MAJORITY STILL ON TRACK TO OVERTURN ROE DESPITE JOHN ROBERTS Justices will return to the court on Thursday after its exterior has undergone a striking change in response to protests. On May 4, tall, unscalable fences were erected around the Supreme Court. Additionally, a group called Ruth Sent...
    Chief Justice John Roberts The leaks from the Supreme Court about its impending move to strike down Roe v. Wade continue, with Politico reporting that there has been no movement inside the court since the draft opinion authored by Justice Samuel Alito. No conservative justices have shifted position, and no dissents have been circulated within the court, according to sources, while the justices have been rocked by the leak and the ensuing outrage.  While Chief Justice John Roberts is, according to previous leaks, looking to peel one of the far-far-right justices off to join him in a ruling slashing Roe’s abortion rights by upholding Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban but falling short of the no-holds-barred destruction of all abortion rights in the Alito draft, he’s apparently not succeeding. Part of that, one of Politico’s sources suggested, is coming out of a longstanding grudge on the court. Contribute now to support abortion funds providing financial assistance to people seeking abortion care. RELATED STORY: Supreme Court in disarray: New leaks reveal Roberts' own preferred Roe reversal Roberts was the deciding vote in upholding the Affordable Care Act, and...
    Chief Justice John Roberts also spoke out about the leak. After he confirmed the draft is authentic, Roberts described the leak as "absolutely appalling." "If the person behind it thinks that it will affect our work, that’s just foolish," Roberts said Thursday at a judicial conference.Anything else?The source of the leak is being investigated by Col. Gail Curley, marshal of the Supreme Court. The identity of the leaker, presumed to be a law clerk, remains unknown. However, few people have access to opinion drafts, thus narrowing the scope of potential suspects. The criminality of such a leak is debatable. Still, theories about the source of the leak have fallen on partisan lines. Conservatives have suggested a left-leaning law clerk leaked the opinion draft to trigger societal upheaval and to pressure the court's conservative-leaning justices to change their votes. Others, however, charge that a conservative clerk leaked the opinion draft to pin down the court's conservative-leaning justices from changing their vote. NPR reporter Nina Totenberg claimed Sunday the "leading theory" is that a conservative clerk was behind the leak. However, she...
    The Supreme Court’s expected decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade could galvanize Democrats and turn some reliable Republican voters — especially women — blue, according to polls and interviews. It’s a small bit of hope for Democrats, who are widely expected to lose control of Congress in this year’s election. Polling shows that women are more likely than men to consider a candidate’s position on abortion when deciding how to vote. Women who are college graduates are also more supportive of abortion rights. These college-educated women could be pivotal in congressional races in Orange County, where they make up more than 40% of voters — as well as in contests in similar swaths of the nation, such as the suburbs of Atlanta and Phoenix, said Mike Madrid, a GOP consultant who favors abortion rights. The landmark 1973 court ruling asserted a constitutional right for a woman to have an abortion. If the decision is reversed as detailed in a draft opinion leaked last week, abortion would be inaccessible in roughly half the 50 U.S. states. Overturning Roe could be...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington loves a whodunit. And the latest one comes with the stunning plot twist of a leak from the famously buttoned-up Supreme Court. The publication this past week of a draft opinion that said Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision establishing a constitutional right to abortion in the United States, was wrong from the start and should be overruled, has set off sleuthing from every corner of the capital. Who could possibly be behind such a glaring breach of trust? Why did that person choose to leak the draft? Why did that person choose a reporter from Politico? Who will investigate the matter? Will there be consequences? What will the court’s ultimate opinion say? Washington, by nature, abhors a vacuum. So the two months before the court actually issues a final ruling will be filled with guesses, surmise, false starts — and maybe even the truth about who is behind the leak. It’s an intrigue in the tradition of Watergate’s “Deep Throat” — one of Washington’s best-kept secrets for more than three decades; of Iran-Contra,...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Demonstrators hit the streets around the U.S. Saturday as abortion rights appear to be on the brink of being drastically cut in half following a leaked document from the Supreme Court showing an early vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.Demonstrators are outraged. A large group marched along the streets of East Hollywood, and rallied in support of abortion rights.Protests took place across the nation and in several Southern California communities in reaction to a draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that could lead to a decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.If that happens, more than 20 states could impose severe abortion restrictions.Activists attending a rally in West Hollywood promising to fight."If you do not want to go back to the days of back-alley abortions, if you do not want to live in a world of female enslavement, then you have to get in the streets and you have to fight now," said Annie Day, of the group Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights.In Highland Park, police were called in when a confrontation between abortion rights protesters...
    Days after a Supreme Court opinion leaked and signaled the possible overturning of longstanding precedent for women's abortion access, Justice Clarence Thomas declared the high court cannot be "bullied." Thomas, the longest serving justice on the Supreme Court now and an appointee of former President George H.W. Bush, briefly referenced the past week of protests in Washington, D.C., and across the nation over the leaked draft majority opinion during the 11th Circuit Judicial Conference on Friday. "We can't be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want. The events from earlier this week are a symptom of that," Thomas said amid public protests, including some outside the Supreme Court, by abortion activists concerned over the potential upheaval of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. JUSTICE ALITO THE FACE OF LOOMING SUPREME COURT ANTI-ABORTION DECISION The leaked draft, authored by Justice Samuel Alito, ignited calls this week to codify Roe into law. Some liberal lawmakers, such as Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), are escalating their push to expand the number of justices on the...
    Atlanta (CNN)Justice Clarence Thomas, following the leak of a draft majority opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, said Friday that government institutions shouldn't be "bullied" into delivering what some see as the preferred outcome. "The events of earlier this week is one symptom of that," Thomas said. He added that "you cannot have a free society" without stable institutions.His comments came before an audience of mostly judges and lawyers at the 11th Circuit Judicial Conference in Atlanta. Chief Justice John Roberts had addressed the same conference Thursday, calling the leak "absolutely appalling." Thomas' comments echoed a speech from last fall when the justice decried attempts to "manipulate" institutions. Back then, he appeared to be nodding to progressive attempts to add more members to the Supreme Court to dilute the conservative majority. "I think we should be careful destroying our institutions because they don't give us what we want when we want," he said at the time. With an unprecedented leak, Roberts appears suddenly ineffectualOn Friday, Thomas also reiterated that he believes Supreme Court justices are obligated to take a fresh look...
    Radical Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA) went on a tirade about abortion after the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, saying “all of our constitutional rights are at stake” and claiming that a ban on interracial marriage may be next. After Monday’s Supreme Court leak showing a draft opinion that would overturn infamous pro-abortion cases Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Wild held a press conference claiming the draft opinion was “the result of extremist politicians and judges.” Despite her claim, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization–the case in question–has yet to be officially decided, as the leak was simply a draft. “It’s clear that the intent is not to stop with the issue of reproductive choice. What’s next?” Wild questioned during her tirade. “Contraception? Deciding how many children to have, or whether to have children at all? Whether you can marry the person you love, regardless of gender or color? Whether women can get credit in their own names, or buy a house, or choose to even have a job?” Apparently according to Wild, returning the issue as to...
    Hello and welcome back to the D.C. Memo. This week you can find me trying to navigate an absolutely hectic period in the District — a scientist set himself on fire in front of the Supreme Court to protest judicial and federal inaction on climate change, students finally return to a school that was the target of a mass shooter, District bus drivers went on strike and protests broke out in front of the Supreme Court following a leaked opinion on abortion rights. I’m just trying to keep up with it all! Here’s what else happened in Washington this week: Minnesota delegation responds to the SCOTUS draft, a sprint to the finish in CD1 and Rep. Dean Phillips fights for elderly entrepreneurs. The leak heard ’round the world Late Monday night, someone with inside access to Supreme Court private documents leaked a draft opinion of the Court’s decision that would overturn Americans’ constitutional right to abortion and give the power to decide abortion’s legality to individual states. Almost as soon as Politico published the leak, people started streaming to the...
    World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has spoken out in favor of abortion, warning restricting access to the procedure “drives women and girls towards unsafe ones.” Tedros took to social media to make his feelings known in the days after after a leaked draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion indicated Roe v Wade, a landmark ruling that legalised abortion nationwide, could soon be overturned. The globalist organization included comprehensive abortion care in its own list of essential health care services released in 2020, describing it as “a simple and common health-care procedure.” Tedros, a self-described Christian, did not specifically reference the leak or Roe v Wade in the tweet, instead choosing general terms to write “restricting access to abortion does not reduce the number of procedures.” “Access to safe abortion saves lives,” he added. Women should always have the right to choose when it comes to their bodies and their health. Restricting access to #abortion does not reduce the number of procedures — it drives women and girls towards unsafe ones. Access to safe abortion saves lives. https://t.co/SdF81B5D1u — Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) May...
    Representative John Rose (R-TN-06) and 21 other House Republicans called for a criminal investigation into the leak of a draft opinion from the Supreme Court. The opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, signaled the Court may overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark case that detailed the constitutional right for abortions. While the draft is not a final ruling, the leak has caused widespread anger and criticism among those who support the previous ruling. “I have been an attorney for nearly 30 years and this leak of a draft document tied to one of the most consequential cases in the history of the Supreme Court of the United States is the most radical and unethical action I have ever seen in the legal arena,” said Rep. Rose. “Attorney General Garland and FBI Director Ray must immediately open a criminal investigation into whether the perpetrator of the leak violated the law. Anyone attempting to criminally undermine the division of power in our government should be held accountable.” In the letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, the group argued that the individual who...
    Chief Justice John Roberts called the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion that would undo Roe v. Wade "absolutely appalling" on Thursday, in his first public appearance since the leak. Roberts made the remark during an appearance at the 11th Circuit Judicial Conference in Atlanta, according to a report. The chief justice also said that he hoped “one bad apple” would not affect “people’s perception” of the high court, CNN reported, and he added that “the person” or “people” who leaked the document are “foolish” if they think it will affect the court's work. ALITO SCRAPS PUBLIC APPEARANCE AFTER LEAK OF SUPREME COURT ABORTION OPINION The report notes that Roberts appeared to be "upbeat" at the meeting of lawyers and judges on Thursday despite the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court. He arrived with a security detail and received a standing ovation, per the report. At one point, Roberts called on Justice Clarence Thomas, who was in attendance Thursday and will speak at the same conference on Friday, to give his opinion on the recently changed format of Supreme...