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SCOTUS Leak Probe Ramps Up w/ Request for Clerks’ Cell Phones

'I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them...'

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) The investigation in to the leak of the possible overturn of Roe v. Wade continues, with the Supreme Court requesting that law clerks provide cell phone records, the Western Journal reported.

The leak of the drafted opinion by Justice Samuel Alito in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health sparked protests at the Supreme Court and at the homes of some of the conservative justices.

Since the release, the investigation has been ongoing, leading to the request of cell phone access and the signing of affadavits.

“Some clerks are apparently so alarmed over the moves, particularly the sudden requests for private cell data, that they have begun exploring whether to hire outside counsel,” the report said.

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Early speculation from court insiders suggested the leak likely came from a specific clerk under Justice Sonia Sotomayor, considered to be the current court’s most radical leftist idealogue, at least until the arrival of Justice-in-waiting Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Each justice has four clerks, which is a prized and highly competitive position.

CNN estimated that in addition to the 36 clerks, about 40 other people would have had access to the draft.

The report said it was not clear whether other court employees were being asked to share their cell phone records.

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Gail Curley, the court’s marshal, a lawyer and former Army colonel, is leading the internal investigation.

“I’m confident that if the truth can be found out here, she’ll find it out and present it in an unbiased manner,” said retired Army Brig. Gen. Patrick Huston, Curley’s former supervisor at the Pentagon, according to the Associated Press.

Justice Clarence Thomas said the damage which was done to the court by the leak was serious.

“I do think that what happened at the court is tremendously bad,” Thomas said at a recent conference.

“I wonder how long we’re going to have these institutions at the rate we’re undermining them,” he added. “And then I wonder when they’re gone or destabilized, what we will have as a country? And I don’t think the prospects are good if we continue to lose them.”

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