In today’s politically polarized environment in the United States, trust is a tough topic. This is especially true when an organization experiences a significant personnel breach. The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS)’s opinion in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which reversed the Roe v. Wade abortion decision, was released in May 2022 by POLITICO. This led to widespread demonstrations by pro-choice advocates around the nation.
The Marshal of the Court, Gail Curley, was immediately tasked by Chief Justice John Roberts with locating the source of the leak. Her team’s investigation was somewhat disappointing in that they were unable to identify the offender.
BREAKING: The Supreme Court says it has been unable to identify "by a preponderance of the evidence" who leaked the Dobbs opinion last year.— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) January 19, 2023
A statement from the court, along with a report on the leak investigation, is posted here: https://t.co/cVMLKkbCb9
According to the study, it is improbable that someone on the inside hacked the Court’s information technology (IT) systems from the outside, and its investigators were unable to find any forensic evidence that would reveal who may have done so. It continues by stating that if it was a member of the SCOTUS staff, they compromised the court’s confidence in people’s integrity by using a system with few protections.
There were several plausible explanations put out, even if the internal investigation may not have identified the individual or persons in charge of sending the draft opinion to the Left-leaning website. Conservative activists and analysts like Jonathan Turley and Carrie Severino believed it originated from the court’s liberal wing.
For the Leftists to be more receptive to a hypothetical middle-of-the-road position reportedly being pushed by Roberts, Democrat strategist Greg Pinelo supplied the claim that it originated from the Republican side.