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Dobbs apparently wasn’t Alito’s first leak

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Well, well, well. Oh well:

As the Supreme Court investigates the extraordinary leak this spring of a draft opinion of the decision overturning Roe v. Wade, a former anti-abortion leader has come forward claiming that another breach occurred in a 2014 landmark case involving contraception and religious rights.

In a letter to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and in interviews with The New York Times, the Rev. Rob Schenck said he was told the outcome of the 2014 case weeks before it was announced. He used that information to prepare a public relations push, records show, and he said that at the last minute he tipped off the president of Hobby Lobby, the craft store chain owned by Christian evangelicals that was the winning party in the case.

Both court decisions were triumphs for conservatives and the religious right. Both majority opinions were written by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. But the leak of the draft opinion overturning the constitutional right to abortion was disclosed in the news media by Politico, setting off a national uproar. With Hobby Lobby, according to Mr. Schenck, the outcome was shared with only a handful of advocates.

Mr. Schenck’s allegation creates an unusual, contentious situation: a minister who spent years at the center of the anti-abortion movement, now turned whistle-blower; a denial by a sitting justice; and an institution that shows little outward sign of getting to the bottom of the recent leak of the abortion ruling or of following up on Mr. Schenck’s allegation.

The evidence for Mr. Schenck’s account of the breach has gaps. But in months of examining Mr. Schenck’s claims, The Times found a trail of contemporaneous emails and conversations that strongly suggested he knew the outcome and the author of the Hobby Lobby decision before it was made public.

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In early June 2014, an Ohio couple who were Mr. Schenck’s star donors shared a meal with Justice Alito and his wife, Martha-Ann. A day later, Gayle Wright, one of the pair, contacted Mr. Schenck, according to an email reviewed by The Times. “Rob, if you want some interesting news please call. No emails,” she wrote.

What an amazing coincidence! Combined with the fact that the leaker was speaking to the Wall Street Journal editorial board before Politico published the leaked draft, and the fact that the investigation into the leak seems to be about as aggressive as OJ’s hunt for the real killers at this point…must I paint you a picture?

Another piece of evidence is that Alito is not only an egregious partisan hack but a chillingly remorseless liar:

Spooky as hell. And case pretty much closed. Alito has railroaded many people into the death chamber on much weaker evidence than this.

The active coordination with political lobby groups the Times piece reveals is far more corrupt than the conduct Abe Fortas was pushed off the Court for, resulting in (inter alia) the de facto overruling of Brown v Board. Those were different times.

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