(WatchDogReport.org) – Trust is a tricky concept in today’s politically divisive atmosphere in the United States, all the more so when an institution has a major breach by its staff. In May 2022, POLITICO published the draft opinion from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization — the one that overturned the abortion ruling in Roe v. Wade — which resulted in massive protests across the country by pro-choice activists. Chief Justice John Roberts immediately asked the Marshal of the Court, Gail Curley, to investigate the source of the leak, the outcome of which is somewhat disappointing in that her team could not determine who the culprit was.
BREAKING: The Supreme Court says it has been unable to identify "by a preponderance of the evidence" who leaked the Dobbs opinion last year.
A statement from the court, along with a report on the leak investigation, is posted here: https://t.co/cVMLKkbCb9
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) January 19, 2023
The report states that “it is unlikely that the Court’s information technology (IT) systems” were hacked from the outside and that their investigators “found no forensic evidence” that would tell them who it may have been on the inside. It goes on to say that if it was someone employed by SCOTUS, that person betrayed the trust shown by the court that used a system “with limited safeguards” as a show of confidence in people’s integrity. (First full paragraph, page 5/23).
While the internal investigation may not have found the person or persons responsible for providing the draft opinion to the Left-leaning site, there were plenty of theories put out that were worthy of the world’s biggest game of “Clue.” Conservative commentators and activists like Jonathan Turley (to increase calls for court packing) and Carrie Severino (to disrupt the deliberation process) were of the opinion it came from someone in the Liberal wing of the court.
On the other hand, Democrat strategist Greg Pinelo offered the idea that it came from the Republican side so that a potential middle-of-the-road opinion allegedly being pushed by Roberts would seem more palatable to the Leftists.
This will undoubtedly be a topic of discussion for some time to come.
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