by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Elle Reynolds of the Federalist analyzes the impact of the leaked draft opinion in the Dobbs abortion case.
A lot of people are seething about the Supreme Court’s decision to allow state legislatures to protect unborn lives, but someone who is almost certainly sulking in a corner (or should be) is the useless insurrectionist who leaked an early draft of the Dobbs v. Jackson decision.
It’s been nearly two months since someone attempted to compromise the integrity of the judicial process by leaking Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade. The damaging consequences of that attack on the court can’t be overstated, and it’s a scandal of its own that we still don’t know who the leaker was, since Chief Justice Roberts passed the investigation to the same FBI that went 44 days before agreeing to even investigate attacks on pro-life clinics when pressed by The Federalist.
That said, the leaker, who was lauded by many Democrats as a “brave clerk” who “risked his or her career” to “warn the country,” turned out to be a contender for the most useless self-immolation in America. His or her actions did absolutely nothing but further reveal the left’s contempt for our republic and its laws anytime they stand firm against the left’s agenda.
Justices Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, and Brett Kavanaugh, who comprised the majority in the Dobbs opinion, refused to be cowed into backing down. They refused despite intimidation efforts at their family homes, threats against their lives and their children, a pressure campaign from Democrats like Sen. Chuck Schumer who told Gorsuch and Kavanaugh they would “pay the price” if they challenged abortion precedent, and even an assassination attempt on Kavanaugh’s life.
If the leak’s intent was to intimidate the justices into changing their decision, it failed.