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‘I have no proof’: Everyone has a theory about the Supreme Court leak

Washington Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a theory as to who leaked the Supreme Court’s blistering draft opinion on abortion.

“It is very likely for one in three liberal judges to be a law clerk,” Cruz said. this week on his podcastHe said he was particularly suspicious of Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s clerks.

“She is the most partisan of the judges and therefore she is most likely to hire wild-eyed partisans as clerks,” he said.

Cruz himself is a former Supreme Court law clerk, so he has some idea of ​​how draft opinions are handled. But he added an important caveat to his theory.

“I don’t have any proof of that, I’m just making a guess,” Cruz said.

It was only the latest unfounded theory on a Supreme Court leak, which revealed this week that a majority of Supreme Court justices have already ruled in Roe v. Wade, the 1973 precedent that legalized abortion nationwide. The court confirmed the draft’s authenticity but said it has not been finalised.

Many GOP lawmakers, and some liberal commentators, immediately assumed that a liberal leaked the opinion to make the court look bad. A Newsmax host also suggested Ketanji Brown Jackson. leaked the draft, even though he hasn’t taken his seat on court yet, Others have called for the names of different clerks as suspects.

but Bombshell Politico Story This showed that the leak actually gave no “indication” of a biased tilt of the source. Of course, it’s certainly possible that a liberal law clerk leaked the opinion. It is also possible that a conservative leaked it.

Theory that a conservative leaked the draft Goes like this: After oral arguments in the underlying cases, a conservative majority voted to overturn Roe, but someone in that group has been stung as Justice Samuel Alito shared his draft opinion, and the leaker didn’t take any chances. Heavy criticism for the conservative wants to be sure. Justice Joe withdrew. As HuffPost reported this week, the apparent leak has previously resulted in right-wing pressure on the court.

“I find that ridiculous,” Cruz told reporters this week.

Tom Goldstein, an appellate attorney who has argued dozens of cases before the Supreme Court, Thursday theorized that there are at least two leakers In the case of abortion, both were called bad for the court.

“He is now trying to turn another justice,” wrote the journal’s editorial board in an April 26 editorial cited by Goldstein.

The second leaker, he theorized, is a moderate who sent his full opinion to Politico, perhaps feeling justified in doing so by prior leaks to the Wall Street Journal.

That document was “more likely to rally liberals than conservatives,” Goldstein wrote, noting that the opinion was “an outright attack on abortion rights” that “revealed the criticism of Far Roe in its most persuasive form.” does not present.”

Another theory related to the abortion case surfaced this week when Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Ten.) warned that Democrats would somehow bring Jackson to court before he plans to be sworn in later this summer.

“They’re Trying to Pack the Court,” Blackburn Told the Daily Caller. “They’re trying to expand the court.”

It’s hard to imagine that Democrats are packing in the courtroom when they can’t agree among themselves on changing social policy, Senate rules, or legalizing abortion at the federal level.

Republicans said leakers should be punished and jailed if they lied to federal investigators during a leak investigation.

“If they lie during the investigation, I think they should be prosecuted and served the maximum possible prison sentence,” said Cruz, who has not denied that Zodiac is the killer.

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