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SCOTUS Statement Concerning the Leak Investigation Jan 19, 2023

I am updating this post with the most recent article in response to the “we do not have any idea who did it” investigation [hint – they did not quiz the justices and spouses]. CNN –  Supreme Court embarrassed by the opinion leak is embarrassed again

Follow up to May 2, 2022 Politico article – Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows. “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Justice Alito writes in an initial majority draft circulated inside the court.” – Office of the Marshal Supreme Court of the United States Washington, D.C. Marshal’s Report of Findings & Recommendations January 19, 2023: “On May 2, 2022, Politico published a copy of the draft majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Org., No. 19-1392. On May 3, 2022, the Chief Justice publicly announced that he had directed the Marshal to launch an investigation into the public disclosure of the draft majority opinion. On May 5, 2022, the Marshal initiated an investigation to determine who made the unauthorized disclosure of the draft majority opinion. The Marshal, in consultation with close advisors at the Court, developed an investigative plan of action. Investigators followed that plan, documented the course of their investigation, and reported the results. Section II of this report captures the material findings and recommendations. The investigative team consists of seasoned attorneys and trained federal investigators with substantial experience conducting criminal, administrative and cyber investigations…” This link includes the statement by the court as well as the Marshal’s Report of Findings & Recommendations. In  addition – “recently, this Court consulted Michael Chertoff. Mr. Chertoff is a former Secretary of Homeland Security, Judge of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the, U. S. Department of Justice, and U. S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. We invited Mr. Chertoff to assess the Marshal’s investigation. He has advised that the Marshal “undertook a thorough investigation” and, “[a]t this time, I cannot identify any additional useful investigative measures” not already undertaken or underway. Statement from Michael Chertoff (2023). A copy of Mr. Chertoff’s statement is attached..”

  • “After months of diligent analysis of forensic evidence and interviews of almost 100 employees, the Marshal’s team determined that no further investigation was warranted with respect to many of the “82 employees [who] had access to electronic or hard copies of the draft opinion.”
  • …”no forensic evidence indicating who disclosed the draft opinion” Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Org. #Dobbs #SCOTUS #leak

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