Monday, May 16, 2022

Samuel Alito cancels judicial conference appearance after Row draft leak

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito canceled an appearance at an upcoming judicial convention, two days after a draft decision he leaked to Politico showed the body was set to overturn historic abortion protections in Rowe v. Wade.

Reuters was first to report that Alito was to appear at the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals judicial convention this week. The event hosts judges from that region, which includes Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, with Alito assigned justice to hear any emergency appeals from the 5th Circuit.

Alito, a member of the court’s six-judge conservative bloc, wrote the draft majority opinion, encouraging Roe’s 1973 ruling, calling it “wrong from the start.”

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in 2019. ( Associated Press Photo/Carolyn Custer)

“We believe that Roe and Casey must be dismissed … it is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the elected representatives of the people,” the draft reads.

The fact is that the draft opinion has leaked outright, and it is extremely rare to gain insight into a court’s thinking before an opinion is published. Roberts has vowed to investigate the leak, saying it was a “betrayal”.

Reuters noted that Roberts and Justice Clarence Thomas were expected to speak at a similar event for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta, although it is unclear whether they planned to attend. The circuit conference is the first individual event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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