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Roberts: Roe leak “betrayal”

Text of statement issued today by the U.S. Supreme Court:

Yesterday, a news organization published a copy of a draft opinion in a pending case. Justices circulate draft opinions internally as a routine and essential part of the Court’s confidential deliberative work. Although the document described in yesterday’s reports is authentic, it does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., provided the following statement:

To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed. The work of the Court will not be affected in any way.

We at the Court are blessed to have a workforce – permanent employees and law clerks alike – intensely loyal to the institution and dedicated to the rule of law. Court employees have an exemplary and important tradition of respecting the confidentiality of the judicial process and upholding the trust of the Court. This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court and the community of public servants who work here.

I have directed the Marshal of the Court to launch an investigation into the source of the leak.

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  1. The good news is overturning Roe isn’t an attack on women, because men can have babies, too!

  2. Where do Nolan, Malloy, Horne, and Redic stand on Life, the overturning of Roe v Wade, and/or Prop 5? They don’t talk about these issues.

  3. Former U.S. Attorney for Vermont Christina Nolan, who is likely to be Welch’s Republican opponent in November’s Senate election, said in a written statement Tuesday that abortion case precedent has been settled for nearly 50 years and “should be honored and respected, and the right to abortion that it establishes should be respected and preserved.”

    • Family matters has always been Governed by the states except for Roe v Wade

  4. Former U.S. Attorney for Vermont Christina Nolan, who is likely to be Welch’s Republican opponent in November’s Senate election, said in a written statement Tuesday that abortion case precedent has been settled for nearly 50 years and “should be honored and respected, and the right to abortion that it establishes should be respected and preserved.”

    • The push by the pro-abortion activists and left leaning politicians to essentially allow abortions up to the date of delivery (The recent Virginia law as an example) has ignited the need to re-examine Roe v Wade the entire abortion constitutional issue.

      Not that long ago, Bill Clinton said that abortion should be legal but rare…….Today, Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion zealots would consider Clinton a right wing lunatic for his view on abortion……The left has gone way beyond any form of responsible thinking.

      It’s time to bring some sanity to the issue of abortion and respect for the life of the soon to be born.

      Something for Ms. Nolan to consider if she expects to get any votes from those to the right of the political center……Failure to do so will insure a certain and sound defeat.

      • I believe in a woman’s right to an abortion. Period. However, it should be limited. I support Roe vs. Wade. Many feminists are also alarmed at the prospect of removing all time limits.

  5. Violating the SCOTUS confidentiality agreement confirms there is a political operative inside our “politically neutral” highest court in the land. It is now confirmed the court system has lost legitimacy, credibility, and the trust of the People. If it was a law clerk or a justice involved in this gross, egregious violation of ethics and trust, their law career is over and they must be punished to the highest degree possible. The knee-jerk outrage should be the fact a leak occured from inside SCOTUS, but that is the least concern of the Left. The proof being they are now busy organizing another “summer of love.” Dispicible and evil is the person(s) responsible for such conduct. The USA is officially in collapse mode.

    • “Woke” people have taken over countless organizations. They make changes that bear striking similarity to each other, even in logos of organizations and institutions. They are unscrupuolus and their word means nothing.
      I have bitter direct knowledge.

  6. Before jumping to any conclusions on who ‘leaked’ this pre-decision decision, consider this. Clearly, if true, this is monumental SCOTUS judgment. All of the justices would, rightfully, be girding their loins for the public reaction, for and against. What better way to take the heat off the justices, those for and those against, than to create a diversion of equally monumental standing. What’s more significant? The ruling? The leak? Or the convenience of the distraction?

    Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. The court system hasn’t lost anything. Certainly not legitimacy. It remains part of our constitutional triumvirate, Legislative-Executive-Judicial. ‘The System’ is just fine. It’s ‘we the people’ operating in it who are corrupt. And whose fault is that?

    Forgive my idiom-eeze. But don’t lose sight of the forest for the trees. No matter who is orchestrating this theater, consider the points being debated. On one side we have the open-ended abortion on demand at any time folks. On the other we have those who are certain abortion is always evil. I suspect many of us are somewhere in between.

    In our system of governance several constitutional aspects are coming into play. And they are too diverse and extensive to explain here. This is similar to the issue of slavery, ostensibly also a ‘state’s rights’ debate. And we all know how that was resolved.

    So don’t get all bent out of shape just yet. Let the system do its thing. At the very least, it will expose those who persistently use (and instigate) over-heated debate to feather their own political and economic nests, no matter on what side of the aisle they reside. In the final analysis, I’ll take someone who is honest and forthright, no matter our disagreements, before I give credence to a false prophet.

  7. Jay….You write above: “In our system of governance several constitutional aspects are coming into play. And they are too diverse and extensive to explain here.”

    I agree with your thinking. My guess is that Samuel Alito and the four other justices siding with him would also agree…….However, there is no interest with having such a rational discussion by the pro-abortion community and the left leaning politicians to have such a debate. With them its politicization, fund raise and attack, attack and attack the Court and conservatives as we have witnessed in the past 36 hours.

    The left has gone too far with pushing abortion up to the point of delivery that warrants a reexamination of Roe v Wade at this point in time……It’s time for a correction.

  8. Leaking a draft of a Supreme Court decision, though not illegal, goes against the long-standing practice of the Court’s working in secrecy. It shouldn’t be condoned. However, Republicans are using this as a smokescreen for addressing more important issues.

    For example, Sen. Collins said that both judges, Kavanaugh and Gorsuch had assured her at their respective hearings that they believed Roe vs. Wade was “settled law”. It seems that Kavanaugh and Gorsuch were lying. Shocking! Republicans don’t lie, well, except for some, like Kevin McCarthy, Mark Meadows, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, and let’s not forget the Great White Father of Lies.

    I’m sure this entry will get lots of responses; however, none will acknowledge how falsehoods have become the mantra of today’s Republican Party.

    • Yes, I again think back on the tactics of the pundit in plain view, Marina Brown. Twist facts, make blatantly false statements, suppress dissent. I speak from decades of seeing both individuals and organizations become fascist, close-minded.
      Leaking the document was illegal. You simply look for an excuse to blame the “other” the “fascist”, the Republican Party. Democrats have also begun and escalated wars, ground down the poor. etc., etc. Republicans are more open about what they do, Democrats more underhanded.
      You take notes that are simply starting points for discussion and propagate the ignorant idea, now much supported by “woke mobs”, that these are the end all of opinions. If they were, the decision would be finished. It is not. Such notes proliferate around all SCOTUS decisions. They are suggestions, not decisions. Now the fascist left is making fodder out of yet more lies.

  9. Roberts is a liberal proabort justice who just stated to CNN that he will not vote for this draft if brought forward. Let’s not forget he was a Bush appointee.

  10. murder a child at or before birth or kill a person out of anger or self-defense… what’s the difference.

  11. You are trying to justify an immoral act. What is next… Killing off elderly people that are unproductive?

  12. self-defense implies the capability to defend one’s self… an infant does not.

  13. Interesting… Justice Thomas is interviewed saying the leak is going to weaken confidence in the Court. How appropriate for him to say given that many loss confidence in the Court when he was appointed.

    As to the claim that the Court is nonpolitical: Have we all forgotten how Kavanaugh and Gorsuch were appointed? Anyone who believes the Court is immune from politics should go back and read our American history. The Court was created in the Jefferson-Hamilton era and supported the institution of slavery for decades thereafter.

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