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Democratic lawmakers demand probe of latest Supreme Court leak
« on: November 21, 2022, 02:10:57 pm »
Judiciary Democrats demand probe of latest Supreme Court leak
by Emily Jacobs, Weekend News Editor
November 21, 2022 01:22 AM

Democratic lawmakers are demanding answers after a bombshell New York Times report alleged that a 2014 Supreme Court decision was leaked to a former anti-abortion activist.

The Times report, published Saturday, chronicled yearslong efforts by Rev. Robert Schenck, once a pro-life activist, and other donors to his nonprofit to reach conservative justices and push anti-abortion positions. Schenck claimed, according to the report, that he obtained advanced word of the outcome in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, in which Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his majority opinion that religious business owners did not have to comply with the Affordable Care Act's mandate requiring contraception coverage.

Alito, who denies leaking the 2014 decision, also authored the draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that was leaked to Politico in May. At the time of that leak, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts launched an investigation and vowed that the bench would not be intimidated or swayed by any sort of outside pressure when deciding on whether to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion case. The status of that probe has not been made public.

With regard to the Times report, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL) said in a statement Saturday that his panel was "reviewing these serious allegations" before urging Congress to pass Sen. Chris Murphy's (D-CT) legislation establishing ethics codes for Supreme Court justices.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), who chair subcommittees in their respective chambers on federal courts, said in a joint statement that the Times report was "another black mark on the Supreme Court’s increasingly marred ethical record" and said they "intend to get to the bottom of these serious allegations."

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Re: Democratic lawmakers demand probe of latest Supreme Court leak
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2022, 02:11:59 pm »

They will use every dirty trick in the book to get themselves to the point where they can pack the Court and turn it into a liberal rubber-stamp.
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