Authorities at the Supreme Court are intensifying their efforts to track down the person who leaked the draft viewpoint earlier this month which suggested the high court is likely to reverse Roe v. Wade. CNN reports that authorities are requiring SCOTUS law clerks to supply their cellular phone records and sign affidavits.
The report suggests further that some clerks are so alarmed over the new demand that they have actually started considering employing their own private attorneys.
The effort by the court is a historic first and the most substantial openly reported advancement made, so far, in the investigation into who supplied Politico with the draft opinion that was released the night of May 2.
It is uncertain if specific law clerks have actually been talked to about the leak, though it is understood that Chief Justice John Roberts consulted with the clerks following the breach.
Some lawyers outside the court state that, no matter any possible interaction with the media, clerks might feel the requirement to acquire independent counsel as the court’s questions might start to invade elements of their individual lives.
“That’s what similarly situated individuals would do in virtually any other government investigation. It would be hypocritical for the Supreme Court to prevent its own employees from taking advantage of that fundamental legal protection,” one appellate lawyer told CNN.
The ongoing scrutiny of the clerks suggests that the court has, of yet, been not successful in its effort to figure out the identity of the leaker. Gail Curley, the court’s marshal, is at the head of the investigation into the breach.
The draft ruling, dated Feb. 10, is for the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and was composed by conservative Justice Samuel Alito. The opinion is supported by a five-justice majority that agreed upon reversing the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade choice, which regulated abortion and standardized its legal standing nationwide. Prior to the ruling, state laws predominated.
The draft’s publication almost immediately triggered a series of nationwide demonstrations as some states moveto codify access to abortion inside their borders, while others have made efforts to limit it.
H/T Just The News