A media earthquake unfolded last year after a leak revealed that the Supreme Court was planning to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Yet in addition to causing a massive political outcry, Justice Samuel Alito says the leaker put him and other conservative justices at risk of being murdered.
Alito made that claim during an interview last week with the Wall Street Journal, saying someone made them "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," the justice continued.
"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," he insisted.
Alito explained that he has since had to adopt extreme security measures, saying he is "driven around in basically a tank."
Further, the justice stressed that he is "not really supposed to go anyplace by myself without the tank and my members of the police force."
While not naming the individual in question, Alito told the Journal that he has suspicions about who leaked the opinion.
"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," he remarked.
Widespread protests erupted after Politico published a leaked draft of the Supreme Court's opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.
Fox News reported that the Department of Justice (DOJ) took no action against demonstrators even when they targeted the homes of conservative justices in defiance of federal law.
What's more, a California man was arrested in June of 2022 outside of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's Maryland home. According to Fox News, he was armed with a gun along with other weapons and told police that he had planned to assassinate the justice.
Just one month later, Kavanaugh was forced to flee from a Washington, D.C. restaurant after protestors massed outside of the building.
NEW: Justice Brett Kavanaugh had to exit through the rear of Morton's on Wednesday night after DC protestors showed up out front. A Morton's rep told me: "Politics … should not trample the freedom at play of the right to congregate and eat dinner." https://t.co/wlA4J2nxYW pic.twitter.com/jpsfhB3JVo
— Daniel Lippman (@dlippman) July 8, 2022