List of suspects narrows in SCOTUS leak

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen on the final day of its term on June 30, 2022 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 30: The U.S. Supreme Court is seen on the final day of its term on June 30, 2022 in Washington, DC. Photo credit Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

On May 3, a draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked and obtained by POLITICO, showing that the U.S. Supreme Court was prepared to overturn abortion rights established by Roe v. Wade.

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The Supreme Court then made it's decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case on June 24, which overturned Roe v. Wade.

Thousands of people began to protest both for and against abortion outside of the Supreme Court Building, in addition to many other protests around the country in the weeks after, but the mystery of who leaked the draft opinion still remains.

Chief Justice John Roberts ordered the Supreme Court Marshal Gail Curley to investigate internally, and there were roughly 70 people that could have had access to the draft opinion.

Now, the number of suspects has been narrowed, according to Fox News.

"Sources say much of the initial focus was on the three dozen or so law clerks, who work directly with the justices on their caseload," according to Fox News.

"Fox News had previously reported those law clerks were asked to turn over their cellphones and sign affidavits. It is unclear whether those clerks have all cooperated."

The outlet noted that Curley also asked for a number of permanent court staff that could've had access to the draft opinion to turn over their cellphones and electronic devices as well.

"To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed," Roberts said after the draft opinion was leaked. "The work of the Court will not be affected in any way."

There has not been an official deadline announced for when the investigation would be completed or when any updates would be provided.

"The court's public information officer Patricia McCabe offered a formal 'no comment' when asked Friday [July 29] by Fox News."

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