Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch says that he is “looking forward” to the results of an investigation into 70 individuals who could have leaked the ruling that affected the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade before it was announced.
(Video Credit: The Washington Examiner)
Gorsuch is indicating that whoever leaked the story to Politico in May before the final decision was released on June 24 is about to be exposed.
The leak sent shockwaves across the nation, causing chaos, protests, and violence while putting the lives of Supreme Court justices in peril. The conservative justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade were threatened and there were protests held outside their homes.
The justice made his first public comments Thursday on the issue since the explosive ruling took place. Gorsuch did not say whether the results of the investigation would be made public.
The Supreme Court, at the time they were preparing the ruling that was leaked, acknowledged that a “copy of a draft opinion in a pending case” was made public but stressed that it did “not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case.”
“The chief justice appointed an internal committee to oversee the investigation,” Justice Gorsuch told the 10th Circuit Bench and Bar Conference in Colorado Springs, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Sad part is it won’t matter, the power controlling our country will dismiss it.
— jd (@stjohns1024) September 10, 2022
“That committee has been busy and we’re looking forward to their report, I hope soon,” he stated.
The justices on the high court condemned the leak and a number of them suggested it was done intentionally to sway their decision on the abortion case.
According to National Review, Justice Clarence Thomas asserted that the justices had believed their conversations to be confidential, but “now that trust or that belief is gone forever.”
“Improper efforts to influence judicial decision making, from whatever side, are a threat” to the judicial process, Gorsuch remarked.
“They inhibit our capacity to communicate with one another” in a manner that “improves our final products,” he noted. “I very much hope we get to the bottom of this sooner or later.”
Still sticking with we never see it lol pic.twitter.com/LQe3JA8WTU
— LB (@beyondreasdoubt) September 9, 2022
Gorsuch expressed optimism concerning the matter, commenting that “there’s so much more that unites us than divides us,” while citing his close relationship with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who voted against Dobbs.
Chief Justice John Roberts ordered the court’s marshal to investigate the unprecedented leak. Since then, not much has been heard about the investigation.
What’s taking them so long? Justice delayed is Justice denied.
— realMarioGoveia (@RealGoveia) September 10, 2022
Fox News is reporting that sources told them previously that the search has narrowed from the original 70 individuals being investigated. A number of clerks sought legal counsel when court investigators insisted justices’ law clerks sit for interviews and surrender their cell phones in June.
Sources told the media outlet that much of the initial focus was on the three dozen or so law clerks, who work directly with the justices on their caseloads.
The Supreme Court will be back in session for a new term in October.
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