‘A grave betrayal’: Alito says Supreme Court draft leak made justices ‘targets for assassination’

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito says that the unprecedented leak of the draft Dobbs decision in May 2022 put his conservative colleagues in danger of being murdered.

“It was a grave betrayal of trust by somebody,” Alito told the Heritage Foundation at a public event Tuesday evening about the not-finalized document then published by Politico. “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.”

He continued: “The leak also made those of us who were thought to be in the majority, in support 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.”

Alluding to the armed suspect who showed up near Brett Kavanaugh’s residence, Alito explained that “we know that — a man has been charged with attempting to kill Justice Kavanaugh. It’s a pending case, so I won’t say anything more about that.”

Praising the staff at the high court, Justice Alito, 72, went to say that “that was last term. Now we’re in the new term. I think that all of us — all of the justices and, I think, people that work in the building — want things to get back to normal the way they were before all this last term…to the greatest degree possible. And that’s what we hope will happen. And I think everybody is working on that.”


In the aftermath of the leak, Congress has since approved a law beefing up security, which is traditionally handled by U.S. Marshals, for the justices and their families.

In a behind-the-scenes reference, the justice also praised the collegiality that normally prevails at the SCOTUS despite ideological or jurisprudential differences among its nine members.

“During my 16 years on the court, the justices have always gotten along very well on a personal level. I think, the public, when they read our opinions, probably misses that,” he said. “By reading those opinions, we sometimes disagree pretty passionately about the law, and we have not, in recent years, been all that restrained about the terms in which we express our disagreement. I’m as guilty as others probably on this score. But none of that is personal. And that is something that I think I wish the public understood.”

So far, the leaker of the draft ruling, which resulted in a great deal of hysteria among the abortion-on-demand cohort, including raucous leftist protests outside the conservative justices’ homes and on the steps of the court itself, has not been identified or charged with anything, although an investigation is supposedly ongoing.

Whether the slowness of the probe is another example of a two-tiered system of justice is a matter of speculation.

Justice Alito, a George W. Bush nominee, authored the majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overruled Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey and returns abortion regulation to each state to regulate.

The finished product was officially released on June 24, as the court term was winding down for its summer break.

Democrats in the political/media establishment have tried to make Dobbs an issue in the 2022 midterm elections, but it appears that voters are far more concerned with top-tier concerns such as the cost-of-living crisis prompted by Bidenflation.

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