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Extraordinary Abortion Leak Threatens Trust at Supreme Court

  • ‘Singular and egregious breach,’ Chief Judge John Roberts says
  • Disclosure of draft ruling unprecedented for secretive court
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Leak of a Roe v. Wade Ruling Shocks Supreme Court
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A seismic shock hit the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday with the leak of a draft opinion overturning the Roe v. Wade abortion-rights ruling, an extraordinary breach likely to further decimate trust among the justices at what was already a fractious time.

The Politico-published leak, which included a preliminary breakdown of the individual justices’ votes, marked the first time in modern Supreme Court history that a draft opinion was made public months before it was likely to be released. The draft, written by Justice Samuel Alito as a potential majority opinion and stamped with the date Feb. 10, said Roe was “egregiously wrong.”