“It's impossible to overstate the earthquake this will cause inside the Court, in terms of the destruction of trust among the Justices and staff,” the SCOTUSBlog blog tweeted. “This leak is the gravest, most unforgivable sin.”
Yesterday, Politico released a draft of an opinion by Justice Samuel Alito that showed the Court voted to overturn the landmark case on abortion once it announces its decision at the close of the Court's term.
Alito said that Roe's “survey of history ranged from the constitutionally irrelevant to the plainly incorrect,” and the reasoning of the case proved “exceptionally weak.”
According to SCOTUSBlog's analysis, it is “almost certainly an authentic draft opinion.” But, SCOTUSBlog advised that the opinion is not representative of any other justice's views.
“The document leaked to Politico is almost certainly an authentic draft opinion by J. Alito that reflects what he believes at least 5 members of the Court have voted to support — overruling Roe. But as Alito's draft, it does not reflect the comments or reactions of other Justices,” the SCOTUSBlog blog tweeted.
“Will the outrage among supporters of Roe — reflected in a massive amount of written commentary on every detail of the Alito draft majority opinion in the coming weeks — become the ultimate crowdsourced draft dissent?” SCOTUSBlog Twitter also commented.