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Senator Pleads with SCOTUS

Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) stated that the Supreme Court should immediately release its decision on Mississippi’s 15-week abortion restriction after a draft opinion for the case that would reverse Roe v. Wade was leaked to the media. Chief Justice John Roberts has actually validated that a draft court majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization released by Politico in early May is genuine. The opinion, penned by Justice Samuel Alito, uses a full-throated rejection of abortion rights precedents developed in the court’s 1973 Roe choice and a subsequent 1992 choice in Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Alito writes. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

Roberts blasted the leakage as a “betrayal” and has actually bought an examination to identify its source.
Lee, a previous clerk for Alito, stated the leakage is “sensational” in an interview with BlazeTV host Glenn Beck.

“As a former law clerk, I clerked for Justice Alito. I can tell you, law clerks are expected to keep utmost confidentiality and decorum. It’s a respectul, collegial, and even friendly work environment. And I can’t imagine the damage this leak will bring the atmosphere and the operation of the court,” Lee said.

Lee informed Beck that as a member of the legislative branch, it was not his role to inform another branch of the federal government what to do. He shared his view that the Supreme Court needs to release the last choice on Dobbs “right away.”.

“I still don’t know who leaked this and what their motives are,” Lee said. “Maybe they wanted to leak it so as to make it difficult for justices planning on signing it.”

He recommended that the court might launch an anonymous order revealing the outcome of the case with a viewpoint to follow, to discourage future efforts to threaten, daunt, or pester justices into altering how they vote on controversial cases.
“I think it would be good for the court to signal that this is done,” Lee said.
Like lots of other pro-life conservatives, the Utah legislator invited the court’s anticipated choice reversing Roe.

“There’s nothing in this decision making abortion unlawful. That is a fallacy. A fallacy pushed by the left to scare people. What this is saying is that decisions regarding abortion will be made by lawmakers. Primarily, almost exclusively, at the state level. Not at the federal level,” he told Beck.

“This opinion, as drafted — I hope and pray this is in fact an opinion of the court, as it purports to be — because as written, it uproots Roe and Casey, root and branch. It doesn’t leave anything left of them. It simply makes the case that these are decisions for state lawmakers. Not decisions for federal judges.”

H/T The Blaze

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