The Marshal of the U.S. Supreme Court, Gail A. Curley, clarified on Friday that all nine Supreme Court justices were interviewed as part of a probe into the leak after questions were raised about a report on the probe.
The report did not say that the justices had been interviewed, which raised questions about why they had not been. In addition, the justices were not asked to sign sworn affidavits under oath that they had not been involved in the leak, while clerks and other staffers were.
Spouses of justices were not questioned either. There had been speculation from some that a justice’s spouse might have been involved.
The report concluded that they could not identify the source of the leak.
The risk of letting the leak go unpunished
The leaked draft, which said that Roe V. Wade was being overturned, caused such outrage on the left that a plot to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh was narrowly averted, and multiple crisis pregnancy centers, which counsel women about abortion alternatives, were vandalized.
Liberals proudly termed the summer that followed the “summer of rage.”
The release of the report without a source for the leak signals that the court is moving on and will let the situation go.
Lawmakers expressed disappointment that the leak’s source could not be identified. One of them, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), called the leaker a “butthead” and said he was disappointed in the report.
Not being able to identify and punish the leaker encourages more leaks in the future, which would only lead to more outrage and possible criminal behavior.
Integrity of the court diminished
The Supreme Court is considering cases in its current term that pertain to illegal immigration, student loan debt relief, racial quotas for college admissions, and other hot-button issues.
While Roe V. Wade is one of the most controversial and well-known rulings of the court over the last 50 years, there could still be outrage and pushback if other pending opinions are leaked like the one for the Dobbs decision.
The integrity of the court is under attack because of the leak, and there’s no getting around the fact that it will be diminished if the leaks become a pattern.
As Kennedy said in his comments on Fox News, when someone leaks from the nation’s highest court, they are putting their own personal politics above the “sanctity” of the court.
This will be detrimental to the rule of law in America if it is allowed to continue.