John Roberts: Supreme Court draft leak is ‘absolutely appalling’

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The Supreme Court’s final decision will not be affected by leaks, the chief justice said.

Chief Justice John Roberts called the leaked draft court opinion quashing Roe v. Wade from “absolutely appalling” at a conference on Thursday. The judge then dismissed any question that the leak would affect the Supreme Court’s final decision.

“A leak of this magnitude is absolutely appalling,” Roberts said. “If the person behind this thinks it will affect our work, that’s just stupid.”

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The Chief Justice made the remarks in his first public appearance after the leak. Roberts was speaking in Atlanta at an annual meeting of lawyers and judges from the 11th federal circuit, which includes Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

A crowd of people gather outside the Supreme Court, Monday night, May 2, 2022, in Washington following reports of a leaked draft court opinion quashing Roe v. Wade.
(AP Photo/Anna Johnson)

Robert confirmed On Tuesday, Judge Samuel Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was authentic – although the draft dates back to February and does not represent the current or definitive opinion of the court.

In the draft, Alito overrules Roe v. Wade, which struck down state laws across the country, and allows states to make their own abortion laws again.

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Abortion activists have launched a full-throttle campaign against the Tories Supreme Court the judges signed the leaked document, announcing their intention to send protesters home.

Official portrait of Chief Justice John G. Roberts
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Official portrait of Chief Justice John G. Roberts

Activists are organizing under the moniker “Ruth sent us” and have released the supposed home addresses of Roberts and judges Amy Coney Barrett, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch.

The group says they will visit the homes on May 11. Fox News learns there was a heavy police presence at the judges’ home following the leak.

The DC Police Department erected a fence around the Supreme Court building in anticipation of escalating protests this weekend. Police also activated protest response units until Sunday.

Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.

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