It has been almost three months since a leaked draft copy of the Dobbs decision that overturned the Roe v. Wade precedent on abortion was published, prompting furious protests outside the homes of Supreme Court justices, threats, and vandalism against pro-life organizations, and even an assassination attempt against a sitting justice.
Yet, despite Chief Justice John Roberts immediately announcing an investigation into the “egregious” breach of protocol, it still remains unknown who, exactly, leaked that major ruling, the Conservative Brief reported.
And, now that the Supreme Court is in recess until the fall, there are concerns that any potentially ongoing probe may now be incapable of finding and exposing the leaker.
Supreme Court term concludes
Fox News reported on June 30 that Chief Justice Roberts released a statement that formally announced an end to the current term and that the court would officially stand in recess until the next term began in the first week of October.
No mention was made in that statement from Roberts about the leak or any ongoing investigation, even though the leak was obviously a hugely impactful event that millions of Americans want answers for.
Indeed, in the immediate aftermath of the premature publication of the draft Dobbs decision, Roberts tasked the Marshal of the Court with leading a probe to identify the individual responsible for what he described as an “egregious breach” of the “trust” between the court as an institution and the American people.
Still no update on the leak investigation
Fast-forward nearly another month since that Fox News report, and the Associated Press reported this weekend that the Supreme Court still hasn’t publicly identified the leaker and now even appears to be refusing to provide any updates on the matter.
Noting the stark “silence” from the court since the leak investigation was first announced the AP ran through a litany of still unanswered questions that, presumably, the probe should have answered by now.
“The Supreme Court won’t say whether it’s still investigating. The court also won’t say whether the leaker has been identified or whether anyone has been disciplined. Or whether an outside law firm or the FBI has been called in. Or whether the court will ever offer an accounting of what transpired. Or whether it has taken steps to try to prevent a repeat,” the outlet reported.
Instead, the AP said, to all of those questions and more, Supreme Court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe simply replied, “The Court has no comment.”
Unanswered questions only lead to more speculation
To be sure, the Marshal of the Court’s team may well still be investigating the leak and may even have already identified the culprit but has kept that information under wraps for a variety of reasons.
However, it is also a frustrating possibility that the probe may have proven incapable of positively identifying the leaker and the American people will never know with any certainty who was actually responsible for the “egregious breach” of the Supreme Court’s tradition of secrecy prior to the publication of its decisions.