Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Supreme Court wants law clerks’ cell phone records in leak probe: Report

Officials investigating the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion on abortion are reportedly moving to require law clerks to give up their cell phone data and sign affidavits that could be used against them.

Citing three unnamed sources with knowledge of the situation, Nation World News reported Tuesday that some clerks responded with alarm to requests for their personal records, and some are considering hiring lawyers.

Nation World News said the exact language of the affidavits and the time frame for the record request are not yet clear.

The investigation into the leak is intensifying as the Supreme Court prepares to issue a final opinion on the abortion rights case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in the coming weeks.

Each of the nine judges typically hires four clerks, appointing them to research past cases and help with drafts. Clerking for Supreme Court Justice is a very coveted opportunity for young lawyers. Most clerks are graduates of Ivy League universities, and jobs can lead to high-paying roles at top law firms or lead them to a career in public service.

According to a leaked draft published by Politico on May 2, the court is currently set to issue a ruling in the Dobbs case that would roll back abortion access nationwide, potentially making the procedure unavailable in several states.

Chief Justice John Roberts ordered court marshal Gail Curley to lead an investigation into the unprecedented leak on May 3, saying the leaker intended to “undermine the integrity of our operations.”

“It won’t be successful,” Roberts said of the effort.

Some legal experts are of the view that the leaking of the draft opinion puts the court in a difficult position, as any significant change in its judgment can be seen as succumbing to public pressure, when the Supreme Court has traditionally been considered above politics – a belief that is increasingly under suspicion.

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