Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is not revealing anything about a potential conflict between his colleagues as his draft opinion has reduced to historic Roe vs. Wade The abortion verdict was leaked last week.
After giving a virtual speech at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School in Northern Virginia on Thursday night, Alito was asked by an audience member whether he and his fellow judges were still on good terms after the shocking revelations.
“It’s a topic that I told myself I wasn’t going to talk about today, you know — given all the circumstances,” Alito responded, according to the Washington Post.
“The court right now, we had our conference this morning, we are doing our job. We are taking on new cases, we are approaching the end of term, which is also a frantic time as we cast out our opinions,” Justice said. Said, given that the court is scheduled to complete its term. June or early July.
“So, there we are,” concluded Alito.
While justices of both political persuasion have insisted in the past that all nine jurists enjoyed a respectful and friendly relationship despite disagreeing about the law, the Washington Post reported that Alito, 72, dropped that disclaimer on Thursday. .
On May 2, Alito addressed a GMU audience, hours after Justice met for the first time since Politico published its leaked draft opinion.
No clerks or other staff were allowed to sit at Thursday’s conference, and it was unclear whether the judges discussed the unprecedented breach of their internal deliberations.
After the convention, the Supreme Court announced that at least one opinion would be issued on Monday morning, though the final decision in the abortion case – Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization – Not expected to fall until near the end of the term.
Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed Alito’s draft was genuine last week, calling the leak a “serious breach of trust” and ordered a Supreme Court marshal to launch an investigation into how it happened.
As of Friday, it is not clear who leaked the document.
In the days following the leak, all six Conservative justices — Alito, Roberts, Amy Connie Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas — have been subjected to abortion protests and demonstrations outside their homes.
Republicans and conservatives have called for crackdown on the demonstrations, citing a federal law that states that whoever “interferes with, hinders, or intends to obstruct the administration of justice, or any judge, juror, with intent to impress a witness, or an officer of the court” and a picket or parade in or near the court building or residence is “captured or used by such judge, juror, witness or officer of the court”. shall be liable to fine or imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year.
On Wednesday, the Justice Department revealed that it had mobilized the US Marshals Service to provide additional security for the Supreme Court building and judges in Washington.
” Attorney General [Merrick] “Garland is constantly informed on security matters relating to Supreme Court and Supreme Court justices,” a DOJ spokesperson said in a statement. “The Attorney General directed the U.S. Marshals Service to help ensure the safety of Justices by providing additional assistance to Supreme Court Marshals and Supreme Court Police.”