Justice Alito Suggests Motive for Roe v. Wade Opinion Leak was Assassination Plot
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito revealed in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that he has a “pretty good” idea of who leaked the court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. He suggested that the motive behind the leak was to intimidate the court and make them targets for possible assassination.
Alito, who authored the landmark Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision that ruled there is no constitutional right to abortion, said that the leak was used to prevent the Dobbs draft from becoming the decision of the court.
The conservative justice added that the leak not only brought an environment of “suspicion and distrust,” but also danger. He said that those of them who were thought to be in the majority and approved his draft opinion were really targets of assassination. Alito commented that it was rational for people to believe that they might be able to stop the decision in Dobbs by killing one of them.
However, Alito could not provide any names or evidence during the interview. However, he stated that he had a “pretty good” idea of who was responsible, saying:
“I personally have a pretty good idea who is responsible, but that’s different from the level of proof that is needed to name somebody,”
“It was a part of an effort to prevent the Dobbs draft … from becoming the decision of the court. And that’s how it was used for those six weeks by people on the outside — as part of the campaign to try to intimidate the court.”
“[The Supreme Court] did a good job with the resources that were available,”
“Those of us who were thought to be in the majority, thought to have approved my draft opinion, were really targets of assassination,”
“It was rational for people to believe that they might be able to stop the decision in Dobbs by killing one of us.”
Supreme Court’s Response to the Leak
The Supreme Court was ultimately undeterred by the pressure and voted to overturn Roe. Alito said that the Supreme Court “did a good job with the resources that were available,” but the leak brought an environment of “suspicion and distrust” within the court. The leak of the court’s opinion also prompted the justices to take additional security precautions.
Leak’s Impact on the Supreme Court’s Integrity
Alito said that the leak had damaged the court’s integrity and that some people believed a conservative justice may have leaked the decision. He called it infuriating that some people believed a conservative justice may have leaked the decision. “Look, this made us targets of assassination. Would I do that to myself? Would the five of us have done that to ourselves? It’s quite implausible.” Alito emphasized that the conservative justices had been “painted with a very broad brush” and that the leak had brought an environment of “suspicion and distrust” within the court.
Assassination Plots Against Supreme Court Justices
The idea of a Supreme Court justice being assassinated is not new. In 1983, a radical leftist group, the May 19 Communist Organization, targeted several justices, including Alito’s fellow conservative justice, Antonin Scalia. The group intended to place bombs under the justices’ seats to kill them while they were hearing cases. The group was apprehended by the FBI before they could carry out their plan. In 2018, the FBI arrested a man who had threatened to kill Justice Brett Kavanaugh and other members of the Supreme Court. The man had posted several threatening messages on social media and sent numerous emails to Kavanaugh’s former office.
Justice Alito’s comments shed light on the potential danger that Supreme Court justices face when making decisions that have a significant impact on society. The leak of the court’s opinion not only damaged the court’s integrity but also put the justices at risk of assassination. The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade shows that they were undeterred by the leak and stood by their decision, however, it remains essential to investigate the leak to maintain the court’s integrity and ensure that such incidents do not happen in the future.