Alito: Supreme Court Leak Made Justices ‘Targets For Assassination’

  • Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said the leaked draft opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case that went public in May made the justices “targets for assassination.”
  • The conservative member of the high court shared his assessment at an event hosted by the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday.
  • “It was a grave betrayal of trust by somebody. And it was a shock because nothing like that had happened in the past. So it certainly changed the atmosphere at the court for the remainder of last term,” Alito said.
  • “The leak also made those of us who were thought to be in the majority and supportive of overruling Roe and Casey targets for assassination because it gave people a rational reason to think they could prevent that from happening by killing one of us, and we know that a man has been charged with attempting to kill Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh. It’s a pending case. So I won’t say anything more about that,” he added.
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