Supreme Court Chief Justice Responds to Leak, Launches Investigation

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has called for an investigation into the leak, which he called a “betrayal of the confidence of the Court.”

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The Supreme Court authenticated the 98-page document in a statement that was published by Politico Monday night.

“Yesterday, a news organization published a copy of a draft opinion in a pending case,” it read. “Justices circulate draft opinions internally as a routine and essential part of the Court’s confidential deliberative work.”

Roberts said he has “directed the Marshal of the Court to launch an investigation into the source of the leak.”

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“To the extent this betrayal of the confidences of the Court was intended to undermine the integrity of our operations, it will not succeed. The work of the Court will not be affected in any way,” Roberts said.

“We at the Court are blessed to have a workforce – permanent employees and law clerks alike – intensely loyal to the institution and dedicated to the rule of law,” he added. “Court employees have an exemplary and important tradition of respecting the confidentiality of the judicial process and upholding the trust of the Court. This was a singular and egregious breach of that trust that is an affront to the Court and the community of public servants who work here.”