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Republican Representatives on Tuesday introduced legislation that would make it a federal crime to leak confidential Supreme Court information on Tuesday.
Representative Mike Johnson, R-LA, introduced the bill alongside twelve other Republican sponsors on Tuesday. The bill comes weeks after a draft Supreme Court opinion was leaked to the press and revealed the court may soon overturn Roe v. Wade.
The legislation would impose a prison term of up to five years on the leaker if passed.
“The institution of the court has been damaged, and we have to do what we can to try to fix it,” Johnson said Tuesday.
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Johnson’s bill came hours after SCOTUS stepped up its investigation into the April leak, which released a draft majority opinion by Judge Samuel Alito in a Mississippi abortion case. The decision would overturn both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey unless major changes are made to the final decision.
Court clerks are to turn over their phone records and sign affidavits as part of the investigation, Fox News’ Shannon Bream and Bill Mears confirmed. Each judge retains a team of lawyers for one year to help draft opinions.
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Supreme Court Marshal Gail Curley is handling the investigation. The court has offered no update on progress since it began in early May.
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