In a rare interview for a sitting Supreme Court justice, Justice Samuel Alito opened up to The Wall Street Journal about the leaked draft decision last year that gave the nation a heads-up that Roe v. Wade was to be overturned.
Alito covered many topics surrounding the ordeal and even emphasized that SCOTUS justices became "targets of assassination" as a result of the leaked document.
The conservative justice was likely referencing Nicholas Roske, the man who was arrested after a failed attempt to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
An investigation into the leaked document failed to turn up enough solid evidence to accuse someone, but Alito hinted that he has a "pretty good idea" who was behind it.
Alito also explained how he, and many others, believe the leaked draft decision was an attempt to increase enough pressure on the high court for at least one justice to change their mind about overturning Roe.
The Left uses violence and threats to smash institutions, the rule of law and norms in order to achieve total power.
We are in very dangerous times. https://t.co/0sBO4amKnV
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) April 29, 2023
"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," Alito said in the interview.
He added: "It was rational for people to believe that they might be able to stop the decision in Dobbs by killing one of us."
Activists staged protests in front of the homes of multiple conservative justices and were essentially unimpeded. Many believe that more security protocols should have been in place to protect all justices on the high court.
It is a federal crime under 18 U.S.C. § 1507 to protest outside a federal judge’s home with the intent of influencing the outcome of a pending case. Such angry protests continue outside the justices’ homes, but the Biden Justice Department has not made arrests or brought charges.
Alito noted that the ongoing attacks against individual justices on the high court are "new" to him, and even stated that "practically nobody" is defending them.
"Justice Alito says nobody is defending the SCOTUS justices (which, by the way, is an unprecedented endangerment of the judicial branch) and that he has a good suspicion of who the Dobbs leaker and why it was leaked — to intimidate the justices into changing the outcome," Marina Medvin tweeted.
Justice Alito says nobody is defending the SCOTUS justices (which, by the way, is an unprecedented endangerment of the judicial branch) and that he has a good suspicion of who the Dobbs leaker and why it was leaked — to intimidate the justices into changing the outcome. pic.twitter.com/FN2bvT3yAK
— Marina Medvin 🇺🇸 (@MarinaMedvin) April 28, 2023
It's truly sad unfortunate that we have to worry about our Supreme Court justices' lives at this point.