Chief Justice Roberts is angry...about the leak


When he should be angry about the assault on reproductive freedom:

In a press release, the court stressed that the draft opinion, in which a majority of the court appears poised to overrule the Supreme Court’s landmark decisions in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, is not a final decision by the court. And Chief Justice John Roberts indicated that he has directed the court’s marshal to launch an investigation into the source of the leak.

In a brief – but itself highly unusual – statement issued in response to the leak of the draft opinion, Roberts vowed that the leak would not “undermine the integrity” of the court’s operations. Roberts emphasized that the people who work at the court “have an exemplary and important tradition of respecting the confidentiality of the judicial process and upholding the trust of the Court.” The leak, Roberts concluded, was a “singular and egregious breach of that trust.”

The opinion was written 2 1/2 months ago, I'm surprised it took this long for the jackboot to drop. But if you want to talk about trust, ask Susan Collins:

Sen. Susan Collins, the Republican from Maine who supports abortion rights and provided a key vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh, said in a statement that the draft opinion “would be completely inconsistent with what Justice [Neil] Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh said in their hearings and in our meetings in my office.”

Well of course they lied, she's only a woman. Sorry, like millions of others, I'm pretty pissed off right now. Here's the draft opinion, if you can stomach it.



The only good thing in that "reasoned opinion"...

is that it may well be the reason that Democratic and independent women (and men) turn out in November and keep Democrats in charge of both the House and Senate (and hopefully increase their majorities as well.) This may finally be the thing that drives home to Dems and young voters that there really is a difference between the parties and that they bloody well need to turn up and vote if they want to keep having the rights they've come to rely on. It might also finally make the well-off fence-sitters realize that there's more important things than their taxes in the balance when it comes time to vote.


and Susan Collins is the same bloody idiot she's always been. No doubt a strongly-worded letter of concern is in the offing. But don't hold your breath expecting her to take any real action.