Justice Alito says Supreme Court leak made justices ‘targets for assassination’

Leftists were outraged earlier this year when someone leaked a draft opinion showing that the Supreme Court was planning to overturn Roe v. Wade.

That move was quickly followed by angry protests, some of which took place outside the homes of conservative justices. What’s more, Justice Samuel Alito recently complained that it set the scene for a possible assassination.

Alito called leak “a grave betrayal of trust”

According to the Washington Examiner, Alito made that comment on Tuesday while speaking at an event hosted by the Heritage Foundation.

“It was a grave betrayal of trust by somebody,” Alito said of the leak. “And it was a shock because nothing like that had happened in the past. So it certainly changed the atmosphere at the court for the remainder of last term.”

“The leak also made those of us who were thought to be in the majority and supportive of overruling Roe and Casey targets for assassination because it gave people a rational reason to think they could prevent that from happening by killing one of us, and we know that a man has been charged with attempting to kill Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh,” he continued.

Armed man arrested outside of Kavanaugh’s home

Fox News reported in June that California resident Nicholas Roske was charged with attempted murder after he was arrested outside of Kavanaugh’s Maryland home.

The Montgomery County Police Department said that at the time of his arrest, Roske was carrying a gun, ammunition, a knife, pepper spray, a screwdriver, and zip ties.

The suspect reportedly told police that he was motivated to act after reading the leaked draft opinion which showed that Kavanaugh had joined with four other conservative justices to overturn Roe.

“The suspect arrived by taxi and observed the U.S. marshals, and he turned around to contemplate his next move,” Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones,” was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Kavanaugh was also forced to flee out the back door of a restaurant in July when a mob gathered in front of the establishment.

In Tuesday his remarks, Alito noted that the charges against Roske are part of “a pending case,” adding, “I won’t say anything more about that,” he added.