Supreme Court Justice Questioned in Abortion Leak Inquiry

Anti-abortion protesters participate within the annual March for Life for the primary time because the US Supreme Court docket overturned the Roe v. Wade abortion determination in Washington on January 20, 2023.

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Every of the Supreme Court docket Justices was questioned as a part of this, a few of them a number of occasions an investigation into final yr’s leak of a draft opinion of the judgment that finally led to the landmark Roe v. Wade’s abortion determination, the pinnacle of that inquiry revealed Friday.

The assertion got here a day after the Supreme Court docket declined to say whether or not the judges had been among the many practically 100 court docket clerks and clerks questioned within the inquiry. The court docket mentioned the investigation had not recognized the particular person or individuals who offered the draft opinion, written by Choose Samuel Alito, to Politico in Might.

In line with Supreme Court docket Marshal Gail Curley, who missed the leak investigation, not one of the justices or their spouses had been recognized as potential suspects.

However in contrast to different respondents, not one of the judges had been requested to supply an affidavit denying they leaked Alito’s opinion, Curley mentioned in an announcement.

The June ruling overturned the Supreme Court docket’s five-decade-old determination in Roe v. Wade, who had established a constitutional proper to abortion there.

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“Throughout the inquest, I spoke to every of the judges, a number of on a number of events,” Curley mentioned in an announcement.

“The judges actively participated on this iterative course of, asking questions and answering mine,” mentioned Curley. “I’ve adopted all credible leads, none of which have implicated the judges or their spouses. On that foundation, I didn’t discover it essential to ask the judges to signal affidavits.”

The court docket has 9 judges. Eight of the present judges had been in workplace on the time of the abortion ruling. Choose Stephen Breyer retired following the publication of the decision. CNBC has requested a court docket spokesman if Breyer was amongst these interviewed by Curley.

Curley’s account of her failure to determine the leaker, launched Thursday, made no point out of questioning the judges.

The report mentioned Curley’s group “performed 126 formal interviews with 97 staff, all of whom declined to reveal their opinion.”

Every of those staff was required to signal an affidavit denying that they disclosed the draft report.