Justice Alito accused of being SCOTUS “leaker” after new report: “Shame”

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Associate Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has been called an “disgrace” after a new report revealed he allegedly leaked an opinion draft regarding a SCOTUS decision in 2014.

“The Supreme Court leaker – to Dobbs and Hobby Lobby – was Samuel Alito. Alito is an embarrassment to this nation and as dangerous as any terrorist. He must be forced off the Court,” political commentator Keith Olbermann tweeted Saturday.

Meanwhile, New York Representative Mondaire Jones tweetedToday’s New York Times article strongly suggests that Judge Alito leaked the 2014 opinion in Hobby Lobby, detailing a conspiracy by the far-right donor class to influence Supreme Court justices. The House Judiciary Committee should investigate now it’s still possible .”

Olbermann and Jones referred to a Saturday report from The New York Times which stated that Alito was allegedly responsible for leaking the majority opinion in the 2014 case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.

The Time cited claims by Reverend Rob Schenck who told the newspaper that he was aware of the outcome of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby weeks before the court issued a ruling. He also made those claims in a letter he wrote to Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. which dated from June.

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The Court’s ruling in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, some employers could withhold contraceptive care from their employees’ health insurance based on their own religious beliefs. Hobby Lobby is a chain of stores owned by Christian evangelicals who won the case.

Alito wrote the majority opinion in the Hobby Lobby case and Roe against Wadea landmark 1973 decision that gave women the federal right to abortion before being overturned in June.

While the leak of the Roe against Wade Opinion draft first revealed in Politico, the outcome of the Hobby Lobby case was shared with only a few conservative lawyers, according to the letter to Roberts.

No confirmed details have been revealed whether or not Alito leaked the draft of the majority opinion Roe against Wadebut according to CNN, an investigation has been launched to find the source of the leak.

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Above sits Associate Justice Samuel Alito during a group photo of Supreme Court justices in Washington, D.C. on April 23, 2021. Alito has been called an “disgrace” after a new report revealed he allegedly leaked an opinion draft related to a SCOTUS decision in 2014.
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Schenck said he briefed Hobby Lobby president Steve Green on the outcome of the case prior to the Court’s publicly announced decision.

He said in the letter that a donor to a non-profit organization he led in Washington, D.C., told him that she and her husband had been invited to have a private dinner with Alito at his home and that they would share the information about the outcome from the Hobby Lobby. case obtained during that visit.

“We spoke on the phone and she described the revelation. As we remember, we talked about the Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, and how they too would be interested in this information,” Schenck wrote.

Schenck, a former anti-abortion leader and an evangelical minister, felt he should now come forward and speak out about his efforts to influence the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court said. Time.

“Since a heavy fine could be paid by whoever is responsible for the initial leak of the recent draft advisory, I thought this earlier incident deserves some attention from you and others involved in the process. Of course I would be happy to do so. cooperate fully if you find any value in any other details about what I have passed on here,” Schenck wrote in the letter.

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The allegations against Alito continued to spark criticism online from MSNBC host Chris Hayes All in with Chris Hayestweeting, “This is some really really shocking stuff. It also looks like someone is outright lying and one of the people who might just be outright lying is Alito.”

Meanwhile, Sawyer Hackett, co-host of Our America podcast, wrote: “Ted Cruz ranted about the Dobbs leak for weeks and wrote an op-ed calling it a ‘leftmost assault on the Supreme Court’. Today we learned about *another* leak in an Alito op-ed – will does he have something to say?”

“If the substantive allegations of Alito’s leak were made on a Democrat-appointed judge, Republicans would relentlessly investigate and call for that judge’s removal — as @MarshaBlackburn unwittingly already did,” Justin Kanew, founder of the Tennessee Holler, tweeted.

“It is so clear that Justice Alito is corrupt and SCOTUS as an institution has been compromised. This is not a legitimate court making decisions. It is a body of the far right that only follows outcome-determining logic rather than any reasoned jurisprudence,” Twitter said. user Alejandra Caraballo. tweeted.

News week contacted the SCOTUS media office for comment.

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