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SCOTUS Investigation Into Abortion Leak Seems A Mess

SCOTUS Investigation Into Abortion Leak Seems A Mess

Doesn’t look promising that the perp(s) will be identified.

In early May 2022, after someone leaked an early draft of a majority opinion authored by Justice Alito in the Dobbs case, detailing the eventual overruling of Roe v. Wade, a fury of threats and violence was unleashed toward the conservative Justices, including a gunman who got within steps of Justice Kavanaugh’s front door and aggressive and likely illegal protests outside conservative Supreme Court Justices’ homes. Democrat leaders like Elizabeth Warren incited the mobs, and the White House refused to condemn the home protests.

Chief Justice John Robert’s appointed the Supreme Court Marshal to investigate. There were hints that the FBI or other experienced investigative agency were helping, but no details of that help have been released. So the investigation appears to be under the control of people who were not professional investigators. Not good.

There have been no substantive reports on the progress of the investigation in several months, and what reports there were, were very nonspecific.

The Wall Street Journal had a report today that has generated many headlines, Supreme Court Investigators Have Narrowed Leak Inquiry to Small Number of Suspects (emphasis added):

Supreme Court investigators probing the May leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade have narrowed their inquiry to a small number of suspects including law clerks, but officials have yet to conclusively identify the alleged culprit, people familiar with the matter said.

A day after the draft opinion was published last year by Politico, Chief Justice John Roberts assigned the Supreme Court’s marshal, Gail Curley, to investigate the leak. The court has released no information regarding the investigation since then. Little has emerged elsewhere, apart from a demand from investigators in June that justices’ law clerks sit for interviews and surrender their cellphones, prompting several of the three-dozen clerks serving in May to seek legal counsel….

Ms. Curley, a lawyer and former Army officer, oversees the Supreme Court’s in-house police force, which has an authorized strength of 189 officers and principal missions of patrolling the court’s property and protecting the justices. With its own police having little experience in complex investigations, the court brought in assistance from outside government investigators, people familiar with the matter said. By early summer, investigators had significantly narrowed the field of suspects, the people said.

The interviews were sometimes short and superficial, a person familiar with the matter said, consisting of a handful of questions such as “Did you do it? Do you know anyone who had a reason to do it?” Investigators relied in part on publicly available information about court employees to develop theories, the person said.

Doesn’t look promising that the perp(s) will be identified.


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Just terminate all of them.

Just how many potential culprits could there be in this case? Who has access to Samuel Alito’s draft opinions?

Cui bono?

    Milhouse in reply to Gosport. | January 15, 2023 at 1:13 am

    It was a draft circulated to all the justices, so they and all of their staff had access, as well as people at the printer, etc.

Don’t really believe they want to know.

Hint – who had nothing to lose? Breyer.

Well, with the assistance of “government investigators”, what could possibly go wrong? Put James O’Keefe on it if you want results.

The Supreme Court has a police force of 189 officers… seriously?

    gonzotx in reply to geronl. | January 13, 2023 at 9:51 pm

    They must not work at the justices homes, despite the dangers

    To the Republican nominated only of course

    Unfortunately, they often vote like Obama judges and forget the constitution

    I do think fear is a big part of it

    Olinser in reply to geronl. | January 13, 2023 at 11:28 pm

    189 is definitely excessive but they do need a decent amount of officers simply to control tourists and protestors, given how many cases they take are in the public eye.

    CommoChief in reply to geronl. | January 14, 2023 at 10:55 am

    That’s a lot of people until you consider 24/7 staffing. Several layers of security throughout the grounds and building. Add in vacation time, off days, sick days and what not.

It’s not a mess at all.

It is doing EXACTLY what Roberts wanted it to do when he appointed a group of people that DID NOT investigate crimes, and DID NOT have the power to actually issue warrants.

Namely, to spin their wheels for a while accomplishing nothing.

I said the second Roberts demanded that this chump ‘investigate’ that he already knew goddamn well who the leaker was and did NOT want that public, but knew that he had to at least put on a SHOW of wanting to find out to deal with the backlash.

    Milwaukee in reply to Olinser. | January 14, 2023 at 12:45 am

    Of course, there was a limited number of suspects when they started. If the FBI was investigating, asking everyone “Did you do it?” will get denials, but now the perp is also guilty of lying to the FBI. Which is serious. Right?

Colonel Travis | January 14, 2023 at 12:07 am

Does anyone have any faith in any American institution?
They’re all corrupt. They only serve themselves.
This sort of thing never ends well.

    jimincalif in reply to Colonel Travis. | January 14, 2023 at 12:35 am

    You’re right, this sort of thing doesn’t end well. But what I think is worse is the number of people who still trust our institutions despite their repeated demonstrations that they don’t deserve it.

I figured from beginning it was never to be known who it was.

It’s one of the clerks for the leftwingers. If it was a conservative side clerk, that would’ve already been leaked.

Those handling classified information, and I held a secret clearance for thirty years, are subject to a polygraph in the event of a leak.
One time I was polygraphed, on a civil matter, and found “no deception found”, the analyst told me most of his work was for police departments, who regularly subjected pedophiles on probation to polygraphs, as a condition of their probation. One day, a detective slapped a case file on the analyst’s desk and said “get me a confession”, which the analyst did, because all these people spend a lifetime lying but can’t fool him.
Polygraphs are not perfect, but in the present case they’d find the perp.

The Packetman | January 14, 2023 at 8:04 am

“Doesn’t look promising that the perp(s) will be identified.”

That’s a feature, not a bug …

The deep state is real. I know a lawyer who works for the federal government who would go around the parking lot during work hours to report people who had Trump bumper stickers on their cars or even non-democrat bumper stickers for Hatch Act violations.

Somebody needs to update that picture

They haven’t found the leaker because they don’t want to find the leaker

E Howard Hunt | January 14, 2023 at 1:20 pm

Actually great progress has been made. Ms. Curley reports that she senses emanations of guilt from the penumbra of some parties associated with those suspected.

“Doesn’t look promising (john roberts) that the perp(s) (john roberts) will be identified (john roberts).

It’s a mystery inside an enigma (john roberts).

It’s been nine months. What this tells us is a woman can conceive and deliver a baby faster than the SCOTUS can determine who leaked the majority abortion opinion.