Following last week’s leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion about overturning Roe vs. Wade, there were a number of right wingers claiming the leaker was a progressive and that they should be prosecuted for what they did. Ted Cruz, for example, said “the reason it was leaked is some left wing, presumably law clerk wanted to put pressure on the five justices that presumably are in the majority right now.” There is now more evidence to suggest that the leaker was a right winger who leaked the opinion to put pressure on the conservative justices not to change their minds before the official decision comes out. Nina Totenberg, who’s a longtime Supreme Court reporter, said about this, “the leading theory is a conservative clerk who was afraid that one of the conservatives might be persuaded by Chief Justice Roberts to join the much more moderate opinion [leaked the document].” We still don’t know for sure who leaked the draft opinion and what their motives were, but it’s faulty to assume without any doubt that it was a liberal clerk or justice.
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