Thursday, May 5, 2022

Supreme Court Confirms Draft Opinion is Authentic But Not Final Ruling; Supreme Court’s Abortion Leak Isn’t the First — especially with Roe v. Wade; FYI: Overturning Roe v. Wade Does *Not* Outlaw Abortion, and related stories

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Supreme Court confirms draft opinion is authentic but not final ruling:
The Supreme Court announced Tuesday a draft opinion leaked to the press on Monday night overruling Roe v. Wade is authentic but not the court‘s final ruling.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. vowed in a statement shared on Twitter that the leak won’t impact the high court‘s work and has directed the court‘s marshal to probe the source of the breach, calling it “singular and egregious.”
“To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed,” Chief Justice Roberts said. “The work of the Court will not be affected in any way.”
A spokesperson for the high court did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Court watchers were aghast Monday night when news broke that a draft opinion indicates the high court would overrule the 1973 Roe decision, which gave women a national right to an abortion until fetal viability.
It is the first time a full draft opinion has been leaked in the Supreme Court‘s 233 year history, according to former law clerks. --->READ MORE HERE
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Supreme Court’s abortion leak isn’t the first — especially with Roe v. Wade:
The Supreme Court’s bombshell leak of a draft abortion opinion is shocking and rare – but not entirely unprecedented, especially when it comes to the landmark Roe v. Wade case.
There have been several instances, dating back decades, when the outcomes or inner workings of cases have been leaked prior to being officially delivered by the Supreme Court.
“SCOTUS generally has kept its secrets and has kept confidential its internal processes and deliberations,” Jonathan Peters, a media law professor at the University of Georgia, who has written about court’s leaks, tweeted. “But the Court does occasionally leak, and it has leaked before about Roe v. Wade.”
While Monday’s abortion opinion leak appears to be the first time that a full draft document has emerged in the public realm without the court’s approval, news of the original Roe v. Wade ruling was actually leaked.
In 1972, then-Justice William Douglas had written a memo to his colleagues about the Roe case that somehow ended up with the Washington Post. The outlet had included the memo in a report about the court’s internal deliberations. --->READ MORE HERE
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